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From personal experience (from a web hosting technical support rep), I can tell you that many people want the ability to only allow registered users to access certain pages in their site. Joomla 2.5 makes it very easy to block access from the public and only allow registered users the ability to access certain pages. In this Joomla 2.5 tutorial, we'll walk you through the steps for preventing public access in Joomla 2.5.

To prevent public access in Joomla 2.5:

  1. Through your Joomla 2.5 admin, open for edit either the article or menu item that you want to prohibit access on
  2. Next to Access, in the drop down change Public to Registered
  3. Click Save in the top right menu

    Whenever someone tries to visit the page that is no longer public, they will instead be asked to Please login first:

    If you'd like, you do have the option to change the Please login first message that you see in the above screenshot.
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Section 2: Changing the Please login first text in Joomla 2.5

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13,821 Points
2015-12-09 9:37 am
nazihah, a system for grades with logins is a little more complex than we can explain here. I'd suggest, if you are using Joomla, to look at using the Joomla Community Forums.
n/a Points
2015-12-09 12:00 am


how can I create the page that the student will be able to see their examination result and before that they must login first

n/a Points
2015-02-13 10:46 pm

hi, how do you change the "LINK" register to read more... i am useing joomla 3.x. and once a person clicks on the register to read more link, I would like for this link to take them to an article.

Our site is a pay first site. so, the article will give them directions on how to go about paying first.

43,761 Points
2015-02-16 10:55 am
Hello The1mc,

I am not quite sure what you are asking. Are you asking to change the link text or to have some sort of popup when they click on the link? Also, this article is for Joomla 2.5 so there may be different features or fields involved in 3.x.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2014-07-11 11:39 am

Is it possible to allow specific registered users to only see specfic pages. For example, I have customer group A & group B. Is there a way to prevent group A from see group b's articles even though they both have registered user access? I have set up specific user groups under registered, but in menu it only gives the option of public, reigster etc, not the specific groups I set up. 

30,400 Points
2014-07-11 4:16 pm
Hello Natalie,

Thank you for your question. The easiest way to limit groups to specific pages/articles in Joomla, is to use one of the many Extensions available.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.
Thank you,

n/a Points
2014-06-13 10:49 pm

Hi, Can I allow access to register user ONCE and then block access FOREVER to specific content.

11,186 Points
2014-06-16 8:34 am
Unfortunately, I am unaware of a solution that will allow this, but you may be able to have a developer custom code a solution for you.
5,399 Points
2014-06-16 8:50 am
Hi Asim, I'm not sure if I understand your question. You only want to give someone the ability to register one time, and allow them to see an article only once?

Can you explain more what exactly it is and why you're trying to do it? If we have a better understanding of what it is you're trying to do we may be able to help.
n/a Points
2014-06-16 9:23 am

I only want to give a registered user the ability to view a page (Menu->iframe Wrapper->external page URL) one time and then take this ability off. Similar for all registered users.

5,399 Points
2014-06-16 10:16 am
Hi Asim, thanks for getting back with us. The functionality you're looking for unfortunately isn't in Joomla. I searched Google for <em>joomla only allow access once to menu item</em> but did't find any plugins that would do the same thing.

You could possibly look into an <strong>account expiration</strong> plugin, like <a href='' target='_blank'>the one discussed here</a> - but I don't think that will do what you need.

The link found within the thread above is broken, here is the correct link to the <a href='' target='_blank'>account expiration control extension</a>.
5,399 Points
2013-08-13 12:10 pm
Hi seortega. What is the full and exact error message you receive when viewing an article that is "registered"?
2013-08-13 12:07 pm
When I change a menu item to "registered" it hides it from the menu, and when I change an article to "registered" it shows me an error message, not the login form. How do I get the login form to appear instead?

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