Fine-grained control over user permissions was a long-anticipated feature for the Joomla CMS until it’s introduction in Joomla 1.6.
In Joomla, these permissions are managed through access controls lists (i.e. ACL).
While a much-anticipated and powerful feature, ACL can be complex — even on simple websites — due to inheritance between user groups and the numerous places in the Joomla backend interface where permissions are managed.
ACL Manager — Joomla ACL simplified
ACL Manager is a popular Joomla add-on that simplifies the use of ACL by providing a clickable grid of permissions (see preview below) across your entire site. Not only does this make ACL management much more efficient, it makes understanding the ACL on your site much more intuitive.
In addition, ACL manager includes a set of diagnostic tools that can help solve permissions problems common for sites migrated between different Joomla versions.
The award-winning Joomla add-on was released in September 2011 by the dutch firm Sander Potjer Webdesign and has a near-perfect rating (4.99/5 from 86 reviews) on the official Joomla extensions directory.
Innovating the Joomla update process
Given the importance of this utility and the high quality of the software, we decided that ACL Manager was a good addition to our growing list of commercial add-ons that can be updated from the Watchful dashboard.
After coordinating with Mr. Potjer both at J and Beyond 2013 and more recently via email, we made quick work of the task.
Thus, we are excited to share the news that Watchers can now remotely update ACL Manager right from their Watchful Dashboard along with any other supported updates for Joomla 2.5 and beyond.
Similar to our Joomla update process for Akeeba Backup Pro, Admin Tools Pro, and all 20 PRO Joomla add-ons from Nonumber, ACL Manager subscribers need to add their personalized Download ID from aclmanager.net in the My Account area of their Watchful profile to enable remote updates.
Nothing makes us happier than innovating in the remote Joomla website management space and we look forward to continuing to provide high-quality services to ACL Manager and Joomla users everywhere.
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