Chapter 4

Managing Users and Controlling Access


Bullet Understanding default user management

Bullet Changing default user behavior

Bullet Exploring user access to site features

In Book 8, Chapter 3, I discuss the Network Admin menu of your Dashboard, which allows you to manage aspects of your network. In this chapter, I explain how to manage users across the network, including changing some of the default management options to suit your needs.

One of the hardest things for new network admins to understand is that although each site is managed separately, users are global. That is, after a user logs in, they are logged in across the entire network and have the ability to comment on any site that has commenting enabled. (See Book 3, Chapter 2.) The user can visit the Dashboard of the main site in the install to manage their profile information and can access the Dashboard’s My Sites menu to reach sites that they administer. The user also registers at the main site — not at individual sites in the network.

Setting Default User Permissions

When you enable the Multisite feature, new site and new user registrations are turned off by default. But you can add new sites and users from the ...

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