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Setup a Forum on your WordPress Website Using Simple:Press Part 9 – Configure Permissions for User Groups

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We’ve got our Simple:Press User Groups and now we need Permissions. Let’s come over to Permissions and we’re going to look at the Manage Permissions Sets.

No Access

No Access means you can’t see it. If we edit our permission you can see can subscribe to topics is no and can view a forum, no. None of these are things are checked which means there’s no access. You can actually create varying levels of control.

Read Only Access

Read Only Access. If we look at that one instead, Read Only Access can view a forum, can view posts, can view links of posts, can use spoilers and posts. So some people who have these forums will let the user’s question be public but not the answer.

So you can give them Read Only Access but not let them see your posts. You can see everybody else’s posts but they can’t see your post. You can turn on or off all kinds of things here in this Read Only Access section.

Limited Access

With Limited Access you can post but you can’t do anything scary. You can upload an avatar, you can start a new topic, you can reply to existing topic and you can reply only to your topics. Often in these forums they make people graduate to various levels of access based on whether or not you’re a good participant in the forum or not.

Full Access

As a practical matter I give all members full access which means they can view the forum, they can view all posts, they can view profiles, they can view links, they can attach a signature, they can create links, there’s no time to wait between posts, they can reply to existing topics, they don’t have to go through any moderation, they can edit their own topic titles, edit their own post forever, edit their own post until there’s been a reply and they can upload avatars.

Isn’t that interesting, can upload images in posts. That’s very odd, that should be full access. We’re going to upload images in posts, upload media in posts, upload files in posts, upload signature images and can manage their upload attachments in their profile.

Let’s look at Editing. Can use smileys in posts, can use iframes in posts, can subscribe to forums and topics. I guess you definitely want to take a look at that Full Permissions access to make sure that everybody has access to those things.

Moderator Access

In the Moderator Access these are all plugins we added. Moderators have a lot of control. They can use smileys, can use iframes, can download attachments. You pretty much want to give Moderators full access.

Let’s update those permissions. Really in this case, I am using No Access, Full Access and Moderator Access.

At BYOBWebsite, I have No Access for these forums that I originally created that were entirely private. The Bootcamp Class and the Finish Your Site in 4 Weeks Class I use No Access on those for everybody except people who are members of that class.

Read Only Access I apply to Guests. So all guests including googlebot can read only. Nobody has limited access or standard access. All paid members have full access and then I want to have a couple of moderators and they have moderator access. That’s how I use it at BYOBWebsite.

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