Overview of permission assignments

When assigning permissions, you follow these basic steps.

While you can assign permissions to individuals, you most likely need to assign the same permissions to several users in the form of a user group. Each user group you create can represent a different category of people, from a permissions perspective. For example, you might have user groups for administrators, managers, moderators, bloggers, people in the HR department, and people in the Products department. You create user groups based on how you want to structure access to your community and its features.

  1. Create user groups, as described in Creating user groups. Add user groups to different areas: system administration, spaces, social groups, blogs, and home pagecontent. For more information, see Managing user groups.
  2. Assign permissions to user groups in one of the following ways:
    1. Assign permission levels to groups. Note that administrative permissions and spaces have several bundled permissions levels. You can also create custom space permission levels. For more information, see Overview of System Administration permission levels and Overview of space permission levels.
    2. Assign one or more access permissions, as described in Setting up permissions for user groups. For blogs, social groups, and the rest, you assign access by choosing from a list of fine-grained options.
  3. Assign permissions to individual users by creating user override for special cases, as described in Creating user overrides. For example, you might want all but one or two people in a particular user group to have the permissions you assigned to the group. For those one or two, you can create a user override that assigns specific exceptions.