Creating Your New Concrete5 Site in Private (Using Simple Permissions)

The Concrete5 content management system has a very flexible set of permissions at your disposal. By selecting and applying permissions, you’ll find launching a new site easier. Concrete5 comes with two distinctly separate permissions models, basic and advanced.

The simplest (C5’s default model) will let you hide your site content from the public while “under construction” giving you the option to allow only registered members access to view the site or only people you deem “administrators” to view/edit  the site. This basic permissions model can be applied to the entire website or down to the individual pages which allows the private addition or editing of pages on a “live” site as well. For those of you that need or desire even more control, advanced site developers can choose to activate “advanced permissions” giving you the ability to control viewing and editing privileges right down to a single block area on a page. (Advanced permissions will be covered in detail in the future.)

Today’s article will address how to use the simple (default) site permissions.

Let’s begin by logging into your new website. The login page can be accessed by A). Using the link commonly found in the footer area of your site, or B). Navigating directly to the login page from your browsers navigation window with http://yoursite.com/index.php/login  (inserting your actual site url of course).

login view

Once you’re logged in, select the “Dashboard” button to the top right of your screen then choose the link in the drop-down for Systems & Settings (it’s in the bottom left)

Systems & Settings link

The systems and settings page allows you to control many of your sites “background” functions like Cache settings, SEO tools, and of course…. Permissions. See where it labels “Permissions & Access” and simply click on “Site Access” to see the following:

Site access                               then           Permissions

By selecting “Private”, your site is now hidden until ready for the public.

As mentioned earlier, you can set permissions per page instead. This can allow for a more graceful rollout of your developing website. This can be done from the Dashboard’s Sitemap but is even easier from the page itself! The link for page permissions is visible under the Edit Button at the top left of your page.

Feel free to ask questions about Concrete5 permissions. Also watch for my upcoming screen-casts about Concrete5 basics. If you’d like more detailed descriptions on this or another Concrete5 specific topic, just let me know.

Adrian

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Adrian Rick

Adrian Rick

Adrian is an "Enthusiastic Website Junky" and active member of the Concrete5 community. As the operations manager for a midwestern manufacturer, he is responsible for the development and maintenence of several commercial websites. His company, Advertisers Resource Company (AdReCo Media) specializes in creating user friendly websites using the open source CMS Concrete5.

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