Setting usernames and passwords in Joomla!

So you’ve installed Joomla! CMS on a server – well done! But the bare CMS alone isn’t going to be that useful. It really is just an empty shell that needs to be tailored for your particular needs. This process will involve the installation of a template (or perhaps a few templates), working out sections and categories and installation of extensions.


Sites have a front-end (which is, for the purpose of this explanation, your publicly available site) and the back-end which is your CMS – Joomla!

As we have said before, the art of a good site is to have a  front – end with content that changes regularly and a back-end database stacked full of content.

You don’t want any Tom, Dick or Harry accessing your precious database, so you need to have protected

You will be  given super-administrator status (it’s a great title!) when you install Joomla! (you can always change your password). Basically, you can do anything to the CMS, including taking your site offline completely. You can have more than one super-administrator. You can also  give super-administrator status to whoever you want, just make sure you trust them not to mess with the site when they are drunk.


To access anything to do with usernames/passwords go to: Site – User Manager New

Joomla! has two main hierarchies for User Groups: one for access to the
Front-end (so users can log in to the web site and view designated
sections and pages) and one for Back-end Administration access.

The default groups provided are:

Public Front-end

| —- Registered
| ——– Author
| ————- Editor
| ——————- Publisher

Administrator Back-end
| ——- Manager
| ————- Administrator
| ——————- Super Administrator

Tip: This is one reason why Joomla! beats WordPress – you can give user access even to people you hate (i.e. make them an author or editor and they won’t be able to damage your site – much!)

The front-end bit allows your site to work in some respects as a wiki – so users can edit content. There is the  login form (this may be published by default when you install a template)  which allows people to login to contribute to your site.

Personally, my site isn’t a wiki and I don’t have the login form published. I have my 40 (or so) students sign up for Back-End Adminstrator status. This allows students to do pretty much everthing except change the template or pull the site off-line.

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