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4. Once you’ve added your accounts (site administrators can be added only one by one; no
AD groups for them), click OK to finish.
That will bring you back to the Site Settings page. Now if you needed, you could log in as
that alternate account to get things done. Keep in mind that, unlike a farm administrator, site
collection administrators generally don’t need administrative rights to the server.
To learn more about managing sites, see Chapter 9, “Sites, Subsites, and Workspaces.” To
learn more about site collections, see Chapter 10, “Site Collections and Web Applications.”
Keep in mind that SharePoint can handle only so many discrete objects, so adding a few large
security groups containing many users is better than each user added individually. This especially works
for site collection users (but not site collection administrators). However, it’s not uncommon to
see administrators added individually because their tasks are usually specific, high priority, and
high skill.
And finally, a quick look at adding users. Chapter 12, “Users and Permissions,” is dedicated to
users and permissions. But just to get you started, here are the basic steps.
There are three premade user groups for a SharePoint site: Owners, Members, and Visitors.
Owners have full control, members have contribute permissions, and visitors have read
permissions. SharePoint has many individual permissions (such as read, write, view, edit), which are
usually combined into permission levels , generally based on the tasks a group of users might
need to perform. Full control permission level gives the members all the permissions available,
the contribute level gives them the permissions a contributor would have, and finally, visitors
have only the permissions for reading content and navigating the site, but no contributions.
You can create your own custom groups (and permission levels), but for now, these will do.
Currently the site has only two accounts able to access it, and only at an administrative level.
What you need is at least one user account you can log in with to see what the average site
member would see.
1. The easiest way to add a user while in Site Settings is to click People And Groups,
under the Users And Permissions heading. This will take you to the People And Groups
page, set by default to open into the Members list. During the Standalone installation,
SharePoint used the name “Team Site” during the site collection creation process, so my
groups are named Team Site something . If you give your top-level site a different title
while creating the site collection, yours will be different. What really matters, though, is
not the site name but the fact that they are members. This means they are site
contributors, which are average users.
2. To add a user to the Members group, click New above the (currently empty) list area
(Figure 2.65).
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