Authors are your Symphony project’s registered users. They are able to access the admin interface and manage content and system settings.

There are two types of authors, each representing a distinct level of system permissions. The first type, “author,” is only able to access content sections (though all authors can edit their own author entry). The second type, “developer,” has access to all elements of the system.


Authors can be created and edited in the admin interface under System > Authors.

Authors lacking developer level permissions are not able to edit their advanced login settings (see below) .


Author Editor

Author accounts consist of the following settings:

Setting Description
First Name Author’s first name, or given name.
Last Name Author’s last name, or surname.
Email Address Author’s email address (used for password reminders and by the send email event filter).
Username Username used to log in to the admin interface.
User Type Either Author or Developer. Used to determine permissions.
Password Password used to log in to the admin interface.
Allow Remote Login Checkbox specifying whether to allow direct login without password via a special URL.
Default Section Entry index where author is directed upon successful login.

The Big Picture

The options for an author field are populated using system authors.


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