How to Use the Joomla User Manager




In this section of the course, we're going to talk about the user, manager, registration, access control and maintenance and security of your Joomla site.
Go ahead and click on users and manage. Go ahead and click on your own user and you'll see all of the details, here in the user account. The name is super user. I would encourage you to never leave it that way. Go ahead and change it to your own name and, as I mentioned, when we started this class, using the login name of admin, administrator or even your own first name, is not necessarily the smartest option. I would always use something that's a little bit stronger and, of course, the password. This is a huge security issue for any web-based tool. Don't use password, admin or something like that if your site's out on the web. I can't recommend some kind of password manager enough. You should really use strong passwords and there's lots of information about that on the web. At a minimum, your password should be 8 characters long, using upper and lowercase letters, numbers and at least one special character. Joomla will accommodate all of those.
You'll see information on all of your users, including their registration date, last visit date, reset date, etc. Down here, administrators should receive system emails but only administrators and, of course, as the super administrator, you can block a user. Please don't block yourself; that would be bad.
Lastly, when Joomla sets up a user, the beginning ID number is random and so a hacker can't just try and figure it out by your user ID.
Next, under user management, you've got user groups and this is part of joomla's built-in access control and I'll talk a little bit more about that in an upcoming video. Access levels allow you to set up what people can see and what people can do on your website. You can add user notes and even categorise your notes, if that's something you need to track on your Joomla site. Adding a new user is simple; we've already done it. Click new, enter their name, all of their information, assign them to a user group. Then allow them to do certain things, such as what back-end template they get, the language, the front-end language, what editor they get to use if you want to send them to a particular language for help and then, finally, even their timezone, whether you want to distinguish their time zone from the server time zone.
In the next video, we'll talk about how to let people register on your site.

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