13. Roles & User Accounts | Schweb Design, LLC

13. Roles & User Accounts

You have been provided a user account, which has been assigned a role on the website. These roles provide permission to access various features in the site and are customizable to match the skill level of the person performing that role.  There are several roles may have been created for your Drupal website. These include:

  • anonymous user
  • authenticated user
  • administrator
  • power user

User Roles

From the above picture, ‘anonymous user’ and ‘authenticated user’ are provided with the default installation of Drupal. The ‘administrator’ and ‘power user’ were added later and can be modified.

Anonymous user: this is the general public, and is not logged in on the site, and can only view pages that are accessible to anyone.

Authenticated user: has the same access as Anonymous, but can also view content in the Members Area, post blogs and, depending on the site, may able be able to post content.

Administrator: has the highest level of privilege, and has complete access to all the site functions. If you do not know what you are doing here, you can break the website completely.

Power user (or site editor): has elevated levels of access, and can add/edit/delete all content, and may optionally manage components like menus and user accounts. Depending on the person's skill set, these privileges are often raised/lowered.

Additionally, you can also create your own special classes of roles, such as ‘moderator’ or ‘Site Editor’, and provide them with their own sets of privileges. If you wish to set privileges on an individual basis for several users, please talk to your site developer for other options.