Composr Tutorial: Authors
Written by Chris Graham (ocProducts)Authors are entities that literally are recorded as having authored some entry on your website. Authors are distinct from normal member profiles- in fact, there is nothing to say an author of an entry is even present on your website (it may have been submitted by a member, but authored by a company, for example). i.e. There is no guarantee that an author of an entry is going to have a member account on the system.
The following types of content support the author system:
Defining an Author
There is a permission to allow members to define author profiles that bind to their own member profile. If the 'define an author' page was not entered from a link to define/edit a referenced author, it will default to defining/editing the author of the username of the current user: it is through this that a member defines their own author profile.
To define a profile for another author, it is first necessary to add some author supporting content, and then to choose to define the author from the Admin Zone author management page.
View a Author
The 'view an author' screen will display the author profile, as well as downloads that they are set as the author of.
A note about securityIf you grant members the Conversr "Change own username" privilege (or equivalent in a 3rd party forum driver), then you may want to deny access to the "Set own author profile" privilege to regular members, as otherwise members could hijack any non-member-associated author accounts to renaming their account to match the name of that account.
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