Managing Permissions for Sites
Sites can be Open or Private. Anyone can view the content of an Open site and anyone can join. For Private sites, nonmembers cannot access the Site directly and must be invited to become a member.
The person who creates a site is the Owner of the site. That person has full control over permissions, applications settings, and layout throughout the site. Social Office Administrators also have this ability (For more information on Administrators and other user roles, see Chapter 4: The Control Panel).
In addition to the overarching site permissions, individual applications and entities within those applications have configurable permissions. For example, the Blogs application could be setup so that anyone can create an entry, so that only members can create a blog entry, or so that only specific users can create an entry. On top of that, individual entries within the blog could also be set so that anyone can view or comment on them, or so that only members of the Site can view or comment, even if the blog itself is public.
In order to maintain a proper site, certain users are assigned as administrators. The Control Panel chapter covers the creation and assignment of User Roles. In general, you'll create the roles in the Control Panel and set the abilities of that role within the specific applications in the Site.