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Section Segmentation and User Permissions Part 1 of 2

Thursday 26 June 2008 1:49:00 pm

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Sections group virtual collections of nodes. On their own, sections are nothing more than identification numbers. However, they can be used by eZ Publish in several different, powerful ways. The purpose of this article is to explain the section concept, identify the related features and show how sections are used and managed. This article is based on concepts presented in the new book eZ Publish Advanced Content Management, and is the first of a two-part series about sections, users, roles, and policies.

This article is relevant for advanced content managers and webmasters responsible for setting up and managing sections in an eZ Publish site. This is important in situations such as defining structural content segmentation and setting up a protected area. It is useful when managing webshop discount rules, since one of the discount rule limitations is the Section limitation. Also, user permissions can be applied based on many criteria, of which sections is one of them.

Note that this article assumes that you have administrator-like permissions in order to access the Setup tab in the Administration Interface. For information about the general layout of the Administration Interface, see the eZ Publish Content Management Basics book. It also assumes that you have knowledge about the content node tree and the concept of multiple locations.

This article was written to be compatible with eZ Publish 4.0, although the concepts and procedures should be similar for other versions.

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