Hello, is there a way for all users with 'Author' access to view and edit the articles that they've created and not yet published? Currently an admin would have to first publish the article, so that the Author can go back and edit it as needed. But the article is published and so everybody can view it. Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks.
The way I always do it is to create a virtual back-end within the front-end, accessible only to specials (including mere authors and editors), as follows:
Create menu items for category tables (and/or section tables).
Set these items' parameters to show unpublished contents.
Set these items' access levels to "Special".
Put all these menu items under a main-menu item labeled "Admin," which can be either a placeholder or an article containing help for your authors. It too should have access set to "Special".
You can make your virtual back-end as rich a work environment for your "special users" as you want. I often put a site-management F.A.Q. there; and sometimes include RSS feeds of my clients' industry news; and a stock ticker module showing my client's own stock price and their suppliers' and competitors' prices; etc. A whole work environment for my non-technical clients, who will never see the back-end and don't even know what Joomla! is.
Unfortunately, a *BUG* in 1.5 prevents publishers from seeing what their website really looks like, because it causes all unpublished, published-but-expired, and published-but-not-started items to be visible to all publishers.
Since my sites typically have many hundreds of articles that are not live, including ones that are written many years in advance of when they'll appear; and since only 5 or 6 items are visible to the public at any moment, Joomla 1.5 makes the site pretty frustrating for users who happen to have publishing rights.
I'm disappointed that the developers say this is a desirable feature. It's a big aggravation for me. Perhaps in a future release they can add a parameter in the global site configuration to turn this off.
In the meantime, if anybody can suggest a workaround for this, or tell me where to hack a core file to make it stop, please let me know. Thanks.
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