User Management

Every Drupal installation comes with the ability to manage different user accounts. Your site may only need an account for yourself, or you may invite other visitors to create accounts. Regardless, the procedures are the same.

First, your website has certain permission sets that control who can and cannot do what. These are categorized, for ease of use, into roles. Your site can have as many roles as you need, and users can be assigned multiple roles. If any role provides access to a particular function, a user will hvae access to that function, even if other roles they've been assigned do not grant that access. You can create additional roles by going to User Management -> Roles. Every installation will at least three roles already configured (Anonymous, Authenticated and Administrator).

To adjust the permissions for a specific role, go to User Management -> Permissions.

To see a list of all current users, just go to User Management -> Users. The most recently created accounts will be listed at the top. From this screen you can assign roles to one or more users, delete accounts, block or unblock accounts, and so on.

To create a new user account:

  1. Go to User Management -> Users -> Add User
  2. Enter a user name (this can contain spaces and is not case-sensitive)
  3. Enter the user's email address
  4. Enter a password for the user (this is case-sensitive)
  5. Select one or more roles for the user
  6. Choose whether or not to allow the system to send the user an email with their login information
  7. Submit

Resetting Passwords

If a user forgets their password, preference would be for them to go to the Login screen and use the system's Forgot Password tab. It will send an email to their email account with a one-time link to log in and set a new password for themselves.

If you must reset a user's password yourself, go to User Management -> Users and find their account, then edit it. You can then type in a new password for them and give it to them.