PWT release ACL (Manager) v3.3.5
Release date: 18 December 2020
PWT (Perfect Web Team) are the developers of ACL.
The ACL extension, previously known as ACL Manager, enables easier control of user permissions in a complex multi-user website, for example, a school website.
PWT ACL 4, when released, is expected to support Joomla! 4.
About ACL or Access Control
ACL stands for Access Control List.
The Joomla CMS enables website administrators to control who can gain access to what parts of the website, and what actions they can perform when they do.
Joomla! ACL or Access Control was much improved with the launch of the old Joomla! 2.5 series.
This enabled more flexible control of user groups and permissions than the previous series of Joomla! CMS.
Unfortunately, the Joomla! ACL System is very complex and hard to understand.
And this is the reason why we would recommend ACL Manager to anyone whose website is:
- serving the needs of a large multi-language community,
- supported by a large number of contributors, each taking responsibility for different parts of the website.
Example: Community Website
A club website with a number of blogs, each run by a separate club member.
The website administrator wishes to restrict each blogger to only being able to edit their blog and no-one else's blog.
Example: Multi-language Website
If you have a multi-language website you can allow a particular language user group access only to the menu of the language they manage on the website.
Back up before updating any 3rd party Joomla! extension
Any update can break your website.
Perform a FULL backup of your website (database and files) before installing any update.