What are Roles in OSU Drupal?

There are different types of Drupal users. Some just need to be able to quickly change text, embed video, or update images. Other users may work in more of a developer aspect and have the responsibility of designing the structure of the site. Still others may just be concerned with user management.

These different groups of users have been categorized into roles in the OSU Drupal installation.  Different roles usually have different sets of tools available to them on a Drupal site.  Central Web Services provides free training for this entire range of users, for all members of the OSU Community: staff, faculty, and students. Following are the default roles that each OSU Drupal 6 site has upon initial installation, what each role can do within a site, and the recommended training path for each.

OSU Drupal 6 Training Matrix
Role Main Function Permissions Include
Recommended Training Series
  • Contribute & edit content
  • Create, edit, & publish all default content types
  • Upload & embed media such as images and video
  • Use Full-HTML input to add in-line CSS styles to text and objects
  • Administer Menus
  • Administer Taxonomy
  • Enable default blocks
  • Create custom blocks
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Advanced Author
  • Develop site structure
  • May contribute & edit content

 All permissions that Authors have, plus

  • Create custom content types using CCK
  • Administer data queries and displays using Views
  • Define or change input formats
  • Configure Glossary module
  • Utilize PHP code

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  • User Management

May or may not:

  • Develop site structure
  • Contribute & edit content

 All permissions that others have, plus:

  • Add new users through Drupal interface
  • Raise or lower existing user access level
  • Create custom Access Roles
  • Create custom Permission Sets
  • Ability to change site settings
  • Change Themes

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Foundations for OSU Drupal 6