Content Access 1.0 for drupal 6 released!

Submitted by fago on Fri, 01/02/2009 - 21:18
I've just released 6.x-1.0 of the content access module - yet another node access module. In comparison to the 5.x version there are quite some changes and improvements.
First off the module leverages the new permissions for content types of drupal 6: "edit any type", and "delete any type". Then consequently it makes also use of the "edit own type" and "delete own type" permissions and provides a "view own type" setting. So the 5.x "author" checkbox has been removed in favour of these role based settings. So with content access you have got the modules' settings and drupal's access permission settings. To give you a better overview about your settings content access respects and makes use of drupal's built in permissions as far as possible. Which means the access control settings provided take the built in settings of drupal into account and provide you a good overview about the really applied access control settings for a content type or content node - on just one screen! Let's show an example. If you don't grant "access content" to your anonymous users, they won't be able to do so - regardless what you would configure in content access. So the module forces the corresponding tick to be unchecked and shows you this message: Forced to unchecked Another example: If you set access control permissions for a certain content node, which is unpublished, drupal won't take your settings into account as it treats unpublished nodes in a special way. So content access warns you: unpublished content Then if you use the "per content node" settings, it's now possible to reset the permissions of a content node back to the content type defaults. Apart from that there were a bunch of bug fixes for both drupal 5 and 6 versions. klausi tackled writing simpletests for content access and did an awesome job - now there is bunch of tests for both the drupal 5 and 6 version. This is really important thing to have, as access control is important to work right, right? Right!

Yet another node access module: Content Access

Submitted by fago on Sat, 05/19/2007 - 19:12
Some days ago I needed a node access module for a 5.x site. I didn't want to misuse taxonomy for controlling node access, so I looked out for alternatives. Nothing was really satisfying me, so in the end I wrote a new one...

Content Access

So this module allows you to manage permissions for content types by role and author. It allows you to specify custom view, edit and delete permissions for each content type. Optionally you can also enable per node access settings, so you can customize the access for each node. In particular
  • it comes with sensible defaults, so you need not configure anything and everything stays working
  • it is as flexible as you want. It can work with per content type settings, per node settings as well as with flexible Access Control Lists.
  • it trys to reuse existing functionality instead of reimplementing it. So one can install the ACL module and set per user access control settings per node.
  • it optimizes the written node grants, so that only really necessary grants are written.
So the module is simple to use, but can be configured to provide really fine-grained permissions! Drupal project: