How to Create/Add a New User in Joomla (Step by Step With Pictures)

At a point, you’d want to create and add more users that would help you manage your Joomla website. You may find it difficult if you are new to Joomla!

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Creating/Adding a New User in Joomla (Step by Step With Pictures)

This Joomla tutorial that teaches you how to create a user for your Joomla website, is written with easy steps and pictures, everything is well explained. Move to the first step to create a user for your Joomla website.

Step 1

Login to the control panel of your Joomla website. The login page of your Joomla website could be accessed by adding /administrator to the end of the homepage URL. For example; if your Joomla website URL is http://example.com, adding /administrator to the end of http://example.com becomes http://example.com/administrator. When the go or enter button is clicked, it displays the login page for the administrators of your Joomla website. You can now enter your admin username and password.

Joomla administrative login page

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Step 2

Since we are creating a user, we’ll click on users (a user could be created there). Click on users » manage. This page shows you all of the users in your Joomla website. On the user management page, click on new and you’ll be taken to the new user creation page.

Joomla user management page

You can also click on users, it is located at the left side of your screen.

Joomla users

Step 3

There are three tabs on the new user page. Each of them lets you set advanced features for the user. The three tabs are:

  • Account details
  • Assigned user groups
  • Basic settings

Joomla user creation tabs

The next subsections of this JovialGuide covers what these (three) tabs do.

Tab 1 – Account Details

This page lets you enter the name (usually the real name of the user), login name (your display or nice name), password, Email, receive system email (comments, new registration, etc), user status (set to block if you’d like to block the user), require password rest and ID of the user. On the account details page, there are three fields marked with an asterisk sign (*), meaning that they are required and can’t be left empty. These three required fields are: name , login name and Email.

Joomla user account details tab

Fields without an asterisk sign (*) could be left empty (and be completed later).

Tab 2 – Assigned User Groups

This tab gives you the ability to assign a user to any group. The available user groups are:

  • Public
  • Guest
  • Manager
  • Administrator
  • Registered
  • Author
  • Editor
  • Publisher
  • Super user

Joomla user assigned user groups tab

Tab 3 – Basic Settings

The basic settings page allows you to select the backend template style, backend language (usually the language the user understands), frontend language (usually the language the user understands), editor (the editor the user is most comfortable using), help site (the website the user would like to get help from), and time zone (where the user is accessing your Joomla website from), of the user.

Joomla user basic settings tabs

Step 4

Click the save button after filling the input fields.

Save your new user in Joomla

Editing a User

If you’d like to edit a user, click on the name of the user (in the manage user page), or, tick the check box beside the name of the user » click edit to open the user edit screen.

Blocking/Unblocking a User

If you’d like to block any user, click on users. On the manage users page, tick the check box beside the name of the user » edit. On the account details tab, find user status, then change the status from enabled to blocked. Save your new setting.

To unblock or enable a user, change the user status from blocked to enabled, and save.

change user status to block or disable in Joomla

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Assigning a User to a Group(s)

On the users management page, click on the name of the user you want to assign a group to, or tick the check box and click edit. You’ll be taken to the account details tab of the user. On the account details tab, click on the assigned user group tab. When it opens, tick the check box beside the group you’d like to assign your user to and save.

Joomla user group

Changing the User Frontend/Backend Language and User Time Zone

To change the language or time zone of any user in your Joomla website, click on the name of the user and you’ll be taken to the account details tab of the user. Click on the basic settings tab. Locate the front/backend language, and the time zone field. Change the values to what you’d like and save.

Joomla basic settings, change user frontend/backend languages and user time zone

Changing a User Email Address and User Password

To change the Email address and password of a user, click on the name of the user and you’ll be taken to the account details tab. Locate the Email address and password fields, change the values to what you want. Save when you are done.

Joomla account details, user Email and password

Quick Steps: Create/Add User in Joomla

Let’s take a look at the quick steps to create/add a user in Joomla:

  • Login to your Joomla control panel.
  • On the control panel, click on users » manage » new.
  • On the new user’s page, enter the information for each field.
  • Click the save button to create your new user.

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Conclusion – How to Add/Create a User in Joomla

Joomla supports different group levels, each of them have what they can do and what they can’t do (except the super user group). Select the user group that best matches the user account you are creating.

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