The User Groups is the first building block of access control to your forums. The second is Permission Sets.
A Permission Set is a large group of options that you can turn on and off that will grant or deny access to features, tools and actions within your forums. For example, whether a user can edit or delete their own posts, whether a user must have their first or all posts moderated, whether they can create signatures for their profile. These and many others are all controlled by permissions.
It is essential to understand these permissions and how they work and they should be set and created with care. Along with User Groups they provide the Simple:Press user powerful control over how their users interact with your forums.
Simple:Press will create some default Permission Sets when it is first installed. For many users these default sets will cover their requirements.
It is worth mentioning that a large number of questions that come up on our support forum are resolved by resetting a permission. Understanding and awareness of the permissions that can be granted or denied can save a lot of time and frustration later.
Default Permission Sets
During the installation process, Simple:Press creates the following default Permission Sets.
No Access: As the name implies, this set has all available permission turned off.
Read Only: This set provides for read only access to a forum and very limited options.
Limited Access: This set grants users permission to create topics and posts but limits their activity elsewhere.
Standard Access: This set is designed for average members usage and is probably the widest used for registered users on your forums.
Full Access: This set is Standard Access but with a few extras like bypassing spam control.
Moderator Access: Specifically designed for your forum moderators with the permissions they need to perform their tasks.
Please note that forum Administrators do NOT belong to a User Group and do NOT require permissions being assigned to them. By their very nature, forum Admins are granted total and unrestricted access.