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  • Is it possible to have the owners of the site I’m building to add photos, new information etc to the site without going into the admin section? They are only familar with a microsoft word type of editing so training them isn’t an option. I’ve set up a web user, role, user group, document group and linked them together. Yet when I login in I cannot see any editor or ? to add or edit any of the pages. What am I missing? I’ve read most of the posts in this forum for the last three hours and either I’ve missed the answer or I’m looking for the wrong solution maybe?
    • You can definitely let them do stuff in the front end after logging in as web users. You need to put a snippet that handles their input on a page.

      Check out these snippets:

      MaxiGallery (photos) http://modxcms.com/extras/package/?package=259

      FileUpload (upload files) http://modxcms.com/extras/package/149

      NewPublisher (Document Creation) http://wiki.modxcms.com/index.php/NewsPublisher

      Hope this helps. smiley
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      • Thanks for your reply. I don’t think that is what I need as they wouldn’t be able to figure out how to create chunks or snippets. They need something like a wysiwyg editor to add text and photos on the same page. IE: they have a used equipment page where they would have to change the pics and text as the equipment is sold or rotated. Maybe modx isn’t the right cms for what I’m trying to do.
        • Quote from: nootkan at Aug 13, 2009, 02:31 AM

          Thanks for your reply. I don’t think that is what I need as they wouldn’t be able to figure out how to create chunks or snippets. They need something like a wysiwyg editor to add text and photos on the same page. IE: they have a used equipment page where they would have to change the pics and text as the equipment is sold or rotated. Maybe modx isn’t the right cms for what I’m trying to do.

          They don’t create the chunks and snippets, you do it before they see the site.

          As for Page editing, there’s a WYSIWYG editor you can install in the MODx Manager (actually, more than one). The users would have to log in to the Manager (back end) rather then via WLPE in the front end, but you can customize the Manager so it won’t scare them and once they’re on the document Create/Edit page, it’s not all that different from MS Word. I’ve taught non-tech. users to add and edit pages in a single email message and had very few questions from them after that.

          It is possible to have WYSIWYG editing in the front end if you really need it, but I usually just teach users to use the Manager.

          That said, if all you need is a very basic site that lets users create fairly standard documents, there are other CMS systems that could be a better fit for you.
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          • wink I see now what you were talking about. I’ve set it up so they cannot do anything with snippets or chunks or anything else I may have to fix later. I was thinking along the mambo train of thought for editing from the front end. Modx should work fine for what I want to do and I don’t think they’re that ignorant that they won’t be able to figure out how to add photos and content through the back end once I sit down with them and walk them through it. Can more than one user have permission to edit a document or do they have to assign employees to handle certain sections of the site?
            • Security is handled with user groups that users are assigned to, and corresponding document groups that the documents are assigned to. If a document is not assigned to a group, any manager user can edit it. If it is assigned to a document group, then only a manager user assigned to the corresponding user group can access it (TVs can be assigned to a different document group to hide them from editors who can otherwise edit the document). For a small group, permissions beyond the initial login may not be necessary at all.

              There are also "roles" you can create that a user can be assigned to; these control what actions the user can take in each section of the Manager.

              For example, on my site I have a guest login with a role of "guest", which can only view most of the resources and elements, but cannot change or create anything. They are also blocked from most of the administrative functions.

              When a user is editing a resource or element, it is flagged as in-use, and another user will not be able to open it. If these locks get stuck, for example the editor does not properly close the page he’s working on, or loses his internet connection, you can use Tools -> Remove Locks to clear the lock.
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              • Thanks for you for your reply. So based on what you’ve told me I’ll assume that more than one user can edit a document. I’ll try and set it up to see if I’m correct.
                • You don’t have to use the groups at all. If you don’t use any groups, then all users can edit all documents.
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