Setup a New Usergroup in ocPortal

usergroup form 1Depending on the make-up of your ocPortal site there is a likelihood that you may need to create a new ocPortal usergroup for your members. There are a few popular reasons why you may choose to do this such as creating a new rank on a community based site or creating a private members group. It’s a quite simple process to create a new usergroup which I will list below.

Creating a new usergroup in ocPortal, a step by step process

  1. Log in to your adminzone
  2. Navigate to the Tools Section
  3. Choose the Members option
  4. Choose the usergroups option (this can also be found under the security section of the adminzone menu)
  5. Click add a Usergroup
  6. Fill in the form, take care to make sure you fill in all of the sections correctly
  7. Click the add usergroup button

The Add usergroup form in detail

I thought it would be useful to go through the adding a usergroup form in a little detail explaining the different options and you have in this section. The form is split into several sections with each one having a different set of options.

The first box is quite straightforward and is the name of the new usergroup. The next section is titled Advanced and has three options.

  • Title – If you fill in this box then the user will display this as their title if this is their primary usergroup and they have not set their own custom title.
  • Usergroup Leader – This option allows you to set someone to be able to add and remove members from the group. This option is useful if you have a site with a lot of users and you want to give a trusted member some responsibilities without making them a full moderator.
  • Order – this is the order that the usergroup will appear in any list of usergroups. The usergroup which is set as number 1 appears first.

Joining section

This section has three quite important options in some circumstances. These options are:

  • Initial primary usergroup – this option basically means that if a new person joins your site then this will be their primary usergroup. You may choose to use this if you created new members group for example which may have reduced capabilities or need to have posts manually verified by a moderator at first until you are sure they are real member and not a spammer for example.
  • Automatic Secondary group – similar to the first option but adds new members as members of this group but as a secondary usergroup alongside their primary group.
  • Open Membership – This is whether anyone can join the usergroup or whether they have to apply to join. If you are creating a members group for subscription payers you will not want to tick this option.

usergroup form 2Rank

The next section has two options; the first allows you to set a rank image for members of this usergroup. This section also allows you to set whether or not the rank image only appears for primary members of this group.


The Benefits section of the Usergroup form allows you to set whether the usergroup is classed as a super administrator which has a tighter set of security controls and access to everything. This section also has an option to set usergroup members as super moderators which means you will give the usergroup some moderator abilities and they will appear on the staff section of the website.

usergroup form 3Security

The security section of the form allows you to set the usergroup as a hidden group. A hidden usergroup will not show up on the usergroups list unless the user has a permission to see hidden usergroups. You can also set an option here to check if a user is the real user if they log in from a different IP address to one they have used before.


In this section you have 5 options which you can set for the user. These options include:

  • The maximum number of attachments the user can add to any post
  • The max amount of data a user can upload in megabytes
  • The maximum height and width in pixels the users avatar can be
  • The maximum number of characters a user can use in a post

Flood Control

usergroup form 4The two options in this section allow you to set the number of section members of this usergroup have to wait between either opening up a new page and also making a new post. As a default these are both set to zero.


The final section allows you to copy all of the members from one existing users group to this new user group and you can also choose to copy the permissions from an existing usergroup. The second option is if you want to create a new members group which has just a few differences to another usergroup but the other usergroup needs to stay as it is.

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