Managing and publishing content¶
eSpaces offers extremely flexible and granular security for content items that are stored on the site. Content can be shared with individuals or groups of users following Granting access to your content, and content can be published to the public with Creating public content.
First, make sure you’re aware of what roles can be granted to individuals or groups of users. A level of access below corresponds to a role for a particular area of the site.
Take care when assigning access to other users. Always double-check the person or group you are sharing with is correct and that you trust them with the access you’re providing. Also make sure you are granting a suitable level of access to the right range of content.
Granting users more access than they require can be both useful, and potentially dangerous. Take care.
|Can add||Allows new files to be uploaded or content items to be
created in this folder, granting access to the
|Can edit||Allows editing of existing content, granting access to
|Can review||Allows the user to publish and review content, granting
access to extra controls in the
|Can view||Allows the user to see private or non-shared content. Use this
permission to grant access to specific folders and
content areas on a portal. Corresponds to the
The core content-centric roles are as follows:
- Users can create content in the areas they have been granted
this role. This provides access to the
- Users can modify and delete content where they have been granted this role.
This provides access to the
Edittab and controls for deleting and moving content.
- Users with this role can publish and retract content from being accessible
to the public. This provides access to the
- Users with this role can see content that is in the Private workflow state.
For site administration purposes, there are two additional special roles:
- Site Adminstrator
- Special site-wide role for administrators granting access to all content and all content management abilities. Can adjust most site setup configuration options, with the exception of managing complex and lower-level system settings such as the Zope Management Interface (ZMI).
- Special site-wide role with all permissions and abilities. Users with this permission are effectively super users and can do everything, everywhere.
Local and site-wide roles¶
Roles can be applied to grant users permissions in one of two different ways,
local roles or as
Local roles are applied just for a specific area on the site, being either a specific content item, or for an entire folder. This is the most typical manner in which to grant users access to content because it can be controlled on a very granular level. For example, a certain user or set of users should have access to a certain folder or file, whilst other users should not. This is the process described under Granting access to your content and users are able to self-manage permissions without requiring a site administrator’s assistance.
Site-wide or global roles are applied by a system administrator and grant a given user or set of users access across the entire site. This is useful in the situation where a user is a content administrator or review personnel for all content across a site. Care should always be taken which granting any unrestricted access across a site.
Granting access to your content¶
The creation of groups for sharing is not supported by eSpaces.
Sometimes you’ll want to give access to individuals rather than the whole Internet; you can choose to share your document with a particular person.
Keep in mind if you see this message:
then you should take care to decide whether you want permissions to apply to
this content item (the default view for the folder) or whether you want the
permissions to apply to the whole folder. In almost all cases, you will
want to click the
go here link and apply permissions to the folder.
In order to selectively grant access to some content:
- Browse to the piece of content that you’d like to share, or browse to the folder that surrounds the content if you’d like to grant access to the entire folder.
- Click on the
- Search for a name by typing it into the search box and clicking the
Searchbutton. You can also search for partial names, email addresses, or user IDs as well.
- When the appropriate entry appears, select the permissions in the same row to grant different types of access. You should refer to Access types mentioned above if you’re unsure what each permission does.
- Click the
Savebutton to make the changes. Permission changes take effect immediately.
Inherit permissions from higher level checkbox controls whether the current
content item or folder uses the same permissions as the parent folder.
This means that the permissions are inherited downwards from higher levels.
You may wish to enable or disable this functionality depending on your security requirements. For example, if you want one specific area to have customised security, then you may want to disable this option. Alternatively, if you want security to automatically apply from the higher-level folder, leave this enabled. For sharing-based access, the page will always display the resultant security settings for you to peruse.
To enable or disable this functionality:
- Select or deselect the checkbox on the Sharing page.
- Click the
Savebutton to make the changes. The page will refresh and show you the resulting access permissions for the content item or folder.
Workflows and document publishing¶
Workflows play an important role in content security and control who can see the content, inclduing whether it is accessible to the public.
What is a state and what is a workflow?¶
The state controls visibility and overarching permission to access the content. When an item is first created, its state is Private. Typically, users will require their content to be reviewed (placed into the Pending state) before it is published to the public (the Published state). Full details about what each of these relates to are outlined in Workflow states.
Users without the
Can review permission (or
Reviewer role) are
prevented from making content available to the public. This process commonly
requires a content manager or site administrator to be part of the workflow to
ensure that content posted meets standards set by you or your group. In some
cases, this may not be very important, if all users should be able to publish
documents, but is imperative in others, such as when all content must
remain private or when content must be reviewed prior to posting.
Whilst this sounds onerous, in the case of simpler environments, the workflow process may be as simple as ‘all content is private’ or ‘no approval is necessary’ with the appropriate configuration in place.
At each point in the workflow your document will have a different state. These states are listed below:
Image content types
are configured specially to inherit the parent folder’s workflow state.
This means that if the surrounding folder is Private then the files or
images will be as well. The same applies to publishing content - in order
to publish files or images, then the surrounding folder must be published.
Creating public content¶
Private content is extremely useful for many purposes, but there will typically come a time that you need to publish content to the public.
- If you haven’t already, proceed with the instructions for Creating new content first.
- Browse to the content item that you would like to make public. It is also possible to publish a folder as well using the same process.
- If you can’t see this, then you don’t have access to publish documents. If you feel you should have this access, you’ll need to contact your content manager or site administrator for access.
- If you see
Submit for publicationunder the menu instead, then click this and the content will be submitted to your content manager for approval. You will need to now alert the relevant person to publish the content for you.
If you have suitable permissions, you’ll have the ability to review content for yourself and other users. Content manager and site administrators have this permission by default.
The review list is shown on your dashboard when you have review permissions and there are items to review. This list contains items that have been submitted by other users for review. Your dashboard can be accessed via.
If you don’t see this on your dashboard, you can add it easily via
Review list portlet.
Reviewing an item¶
In order to review a given content item:
- Visit your dashboard and click the link to the item for review. Otherwise, browse to the content item to be reviewed.
- Use the State drop-down menu (see The State menu) to make a decision regarding either publishing or rejecting this item.
At this point you have the following choices for this item:
- Reject the item
Reject the item by selecting
Send backfrom the
- You would reject the item if you feel that it is not appropriate for the site, or if it requires more work.
- This returns the item to the
- If you want to add comments describing why the document was rejected, click
Rejectto change the document’s state.
first before rejecting it. Enter
your comments here and select
- Approve the item
Keep in mind that you may need to adhere to organisational policies or procedures when publishing documents on the web. The publishing process is your responsibility and your username is associated with all publications.
Approve the item by selecting
- This changes the content into the Published state.
- The content is now publicly available on the Internet.
- Edit the item
- As the reviewer, you have permission to edit the document yourself. You can make any changes that are necessary and then approve the item.
- Do nothing
If you’re not sure whether this item is suitable or not, you can simply leave it as it is.
This will leave the document in its Pending state for the time being. Keep in mind that it will eventually need to be either approved, edited or rejected. You may wish to seek advice from another site administrator or reviewer about the content.
Editing a published document¶
In order to make an edit to a previously published document, there are two choices, depending on who you are:
- Content authors
- The original author can choose
Retractfrom the State drop-down menu, which moves the document back into the
- The author can then make changes and save the content, and add it back to the review list using the State menu.
- It must be approved by the reviewer or content manager and to be published again.
- The original author can choose
- Content managers
- Content managers or site administrators can edit any document or content.
- Upon editing content, it is republished without the need to go through the workflow process again.
- Take care when making changes as they become immediately visible.
Publishing a folder¶
You can choose to make folders public if you would like to share the data within it. As with all other publication of content, this can be reviewed later if necessary.
On eSpaces, file and image content items inherit the workflow state of their parent folder. This means that if you include these content items inside pages or otherwise link to them, they will not be available to the public until you publish their folder (or move them into a published folder).
The same workflow associated with normal content applies to folders, so refer to Creating public content for more information.
Checking access permissions¶
There are a number of different areas where permissions can be granted in order to allow other users or the public access to your content. The following is a summary of where to look and what to check if you’re experiencing any issues with access:
- Check the workflow state of the item (the menu). In order to only share with select people, ensure the state is set to private.
- Check the
Sharingtab on the content item. This view displays all applicable customised permissions, including those that are being inherited from parent or higher-level folders.
- Check the permission inheritance setting on the
Sharingview. This can be toggled on or off to control whether permissions from parent folders are inherited by this content.