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Administrator, Authors & Editors


The (Small Snap! Logo) Snap! Website system gives different people different privileges on your website. As the administrator, you can offer other users to become authors and editors.

The privileges are defined in each user account.


You want to watch out who you offer to become an author or an editor. Although, a little hand here and there can greatly help you enhance your work, offering the wrong person to help can be disastrous.


An author can create a new post, and later: edit or delete his own posts. Whenever you find high level contributors, it is a good idea to give them direct access so they can contribute faster.

Authors can also post non-moderated comments.


There are two kinds of editors. The moderators and actual editors (i.e. people who verify your writing.)

Editors can edit any page on your website, which in effect empowers them to moderate any post from any user such as your authors. They cannot otherwise administer the website (i.e. edit other users, change the slogan or title, choose the RSS capabilities, etc.)


Moderators are people who can help you moderate your website by verifying all the changes: new posts by authors, new comments, new support requests, etc.


An editors on your website can also be a person who verifies that posts are well written. Computers can generally tell you about improper spelling such as badlie writen. However, it will not tell you whether you used the wrong word or misplaced a word on your web sight personal1.


You are the only administrator on your website. You cannot assign someone else administration rights and you shouldn't need to anyway.

Made to Order Software also has administrative rights to access your website for support purposes. We do not otherwise use our rights, except if we find unwanted content or activities.

Assigning these roles

The Author and Editor privileges are offered using roles. A role acts as a group. You can thus put different people in a group or another.

As the administrator, you can review the accounts of all your users. There are several ways to find users as follow.

Administration: List of users (Administer » User management » Users)

Administration toolbarGo to the User management screen by clicking on Admin and then Users as found in your toolbar.  Search the user to visit and click on edit to reach the edit screen for that user.

This list sorts users in the order they registered an account, the newest registration first. You can also filter users using different categories.

User identifier number

With the user identifier (a number such as 123), you can reach his or her account with a URL similar to the following:<uid>

<uid> is always a number.

User name

The user log in name can be used with a URL similar to the following:<name>

For instance, the user John Smith who used his own name to create his account will be found at /member/john-smith2.

Post or comment with the user information

Whenever a user posts something on your website while he's logged in, he leaves his user account information behind. Generally, the link to the author will appear at the top of the post or comment. Some themes may move that information at the bottom.

Clicking on that link directly brings you to the user's page.

Note that hidden accounts (from users who do not want to share their information) do not generate that link. Since you are the administrator, you should still see the link, but that depends on the theme.


The user page shows a set of tabs at the top. The second one is Edit. That tab let you modify the user's settings3.

Once on the Edit page, scroll down until you see the Roles entry as shown in the following figure:

Sample screenshot showing the role selection area.

The Roles area has two checkboxes: author user, and editor user. The checkboxes can be clicked to select one or the other. Note that an editor has all the rights that an author has so it is not required to give an editor both permissions.


You can see these flags in your own account. You already have all those permissions so marking yourself as an author and/or an editor will have no effect.

Snap! SEO e-Book Index:
  • 1. Note that the word personal would be found at the end of the sentence in French.
  • 2. To make URLs as portable as possible (i.e. so they work with as many systems as possible,) all special characters are either removed or transformed to a dash and uppercase characters are changed to lowercase.
  • 3. We suggest that you do not make changes to user accounts without letting them know, unless you are blocking a user.