Joomla 2.5 ACL – How to write articles from the front end

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So far in this Joomla 2.5 ACL tutorial series, we have created a Teachers user group and allowed this user group the ability to write, edit, and delete in the Online Courses article category. In this tutorial, we’ll show you the process of how a user group can write and submit articles from the front end.

Writing articles from the front end in Joomla 2.5:

  1. Using the login form on your front end, log into the Joomla 2.5 site. In our example, we logged in as the ivana_teach user.
  2. Once the user is logged in, a User Menu should appear. The user should then click Submit an Article
  3. The user will then see an article submission form. Fill out the details of the article. Under the Publishing heading, be sure to select the appropriate category. In our testing, Ivana Teach is writing an article under the Online Courses category.
  4. Click the Save button. You will then see a Article successfully submitted message.

    At this time, you have successfully published an article from the front end!

18 thoughts on “Joomla 2.5 ACL – How to write articles from the front end

  1. Hello, I have an issue regarding the visibility of articles after publication. I don’t have the message “Article succesfully submitted”, but I have the article in backend view. It seems like the issue is between “multicategories” and “Category” lost correspondance. Could you help me? Many thanks.

  2. I looked everywhere in the forums but nobody has mentioned the issue that I am facing! No matter with what user I login in the front-end, when I click ‘create article’ option and press button – ‘publishing’ , I am unable to see any category, the category list is all blank. Please help  

    1. Hello Rash,

      What version of Joomla are you using? Are you hosting with InMotion? It’s possible that the database is corrupt. Make sure to do a database check and repair, then try logging in again. If you’re just starting with your joomla site, then it might be require a re-installation or restoration of a backup if you continue to have problems with basic functions within Joomla.

      If you have any further questions, please let us know.

      Kindest regards,
      Arnel C.

  3. This is terrifically outdated material.

    Joomla V3 is the current

    Front End article creations is quirte simple in V3.x

    1. Hello Kent,

      Thanks for the comment. We understand that article is old. Some people still use Joomla 2.5, so the material is here for reference. Here’s a link for the Joomla 3 tutorials.

      If you have any further questions or comments, please let us know.

      Arnel C.

  4. I made a copy of publisher user group. Global and user settings are the same. For the global article catgory permissions I changed settings for Edit and Edit state to Denied in my new user gruop. And when I try to allow permissons to a specific article catgory the caluculated setting say “locked” for the ones I changed at global level. And can not be changed…


    1. Hello Matt,

      Sorry for the confusion. Based on what you just said the Global Article Category Permissions are DENIED. So, because you have denied those permissions, the “specific article category category” permissions cannot be changed. When you lock them down at the global level, then they cannot be changed underneath.

      I hope that helps to clarify the issue. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

      Arnel C.

  5. The Category Persmisisons for the user group I like to allow edit permissions for look like this. The Global Category Persmisisons I set to Denied for this group. I have tried o recreate the settings table below:

    Action          Select New setting     Calculated setting
    Create         Inherited                   Allowed
    Delete         Inherited                   Not Allowed
    Edit             Allowed Conflict        Not Allowed (Locked)
    Edit state     Allowed Conflict        Not Allowed (Locked)
    Edit Own      Allowed                     Allowed



  6. This don’t seem to work for me. It’s says its a conflict and not allowed. For me to make it work I have to restrict the access for all other categories the user don’t should access/edit. And I have many categories and planned to add a couple of user groups.

    Have to solve it?


  7. hi

    thanks for this.

    i need to access restricted user to category.

    i want do access submit to one only category.

    please tell solution for this.


    1. To do so, you would create a new permissions group for that user, adjust the permissions for that group within the category settings page.

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