Drupal Lite: User Roles

Drupal Lite has five default user roles:

Each role has an exclusive set of tools that are available to the role. There is no overlap between the tools that are available to each role, but users may have more than one role at a time. For example, this means that the Site Owner role does not have the tools that are available in the Access Manager role. If a site owner needs to be able to manage users, they will need to have both the Site Owner and the Access Manager roles enabled.

To add a new collaborator to the Drupal Lite site, please refer to the Add People to Your Site article.

To change the role for a collaborator:

  1. Select People in the administrator menu
  2. Select Edit for the person
  3. Check the appropriate box(es) in the Assignable Roles
  4. Select Save at the bottom

This article contains the default tools available for each role.


This role can create and manage content as well as configure layout.

The contributor role has access to these tools in the Content menu:

  • Browse Content
  • Add Content
  • Add Media
  • Browse Files 
  • Browse Media

The contributor can:

  • create/edit any content and media and manage files and media
  • delete content that they authored
  • unpublish content

The contributor role has access to manage menus in the Structure menu.

Content Type Manager

This role can manage content types, paragraph types, URL aliases and taxonomy.

The content type manager role has access to these tools in the Structure menu:

  • Contact forms: Create and manage contact forms.
  • Content types: Create and manage fields, forms, and display settings for your content.
  • Layout library: Manage pre-defined layouts for use by content editors.
  • Menus: Manage menus and menu links.
  • Paragraph types: Create and manage Paragraph types.
  • Taxonomy: Manage tagging, categorization, and classification of your content.

The content type manager role has access to these tools in the Configuration menu:

  • Search and metadata
    • URL aliases: Add custom URLs to existing paths.
    • Metatag: Configure Metatag defaults.

Advanced Site Builder

This role can administer blocks, views, media types, images styles, linkit profiles

The advanced site builder role has access to these tools in the Structure menu:

  • Block layout: Configure what block content appears in your site's sidebars and other regions.
  • Display modes: Configure what displays are available for your content and forms.
  • Media types: Manage media types.
  • Menus: Manage menus and menu links.
  • Views: Manage customized lists of content.

And these items in the Configuration menu

  • Content authoring
    • Linkit: Manage Linkit profiles.
    • Tablefield settings: Set the CSV separator, default number of rows and cols.
  • Media
    • Crop types: Manage crop types.
    • Image styles: Configure styles that can be used for resizing or adjusting images on display.
  • User interface
    • Shortcuts: Add and modify shortcut sets.
  • Web services
    • Aggregator​​​​​​​: Add feeds or import OPMLs to gather external content and configure how often they are updated.

Access Manager

This role can administer users and assign roles.

The access manager role has access to the People module and can create/edit/delete any user.

Site Owner

The site owner role has access to the Tools menu in the top right.

The site owner role has access to these tools in the Configuration menu:

  • System
    • Acquia Connector settings: Acquia connector settings.
    • Basic site settings: Change site name, email address, slogan, default front page, and error pages.
    • Google Analytics: Configure tracking behavior to get insights into your website traffic and marketing effectiveness.
    • Cron: Manage automatic site maintenance tasks.
  • Content authoring
    • Autosave form settings: Change interval and forms on which autosave is active.
    • Diff: Configure how entity fields are compared.
    • Font Awesome Settings: Global settings for the display of Font Awesome icons.
    • Layout builder styles: Manage layout builder styles.
  • User interface
    • Responsive menu: Configure the off-canvas mobile menu and the horizontal desktop width menu.
  • Development
    • Performance: Configure caching and bandwidth optimization.
    • Logging and errors: Configure the display of error messages and database logging.
    • Maintenance mode: Take the site offline for updates and other maintenance tasks.
  • Media
    • File system: Configure the location of uploaded files and how they are accessed.
    • ImageWidgetCrop settings: Configure common settings for ImageWidgetCrop.
    • Media Library settings: Manage Media Library settings.
    • Media settings: Manage media settings.
    • Image toolkit: Choose which image toolkit to use if you have installed optional toolkits.
  • Search and metadata
    • RobotsTxt: Manage your robots.txt file.
    • UMN Search Settings: Manage UMN Search form settings
  • Regional and language
    • Regional settings: Configure the locale and timezone settings.
    • Date and time formats: Configure how dates and times are displayed.
  • Web services
    • RSS publishing: Configure the site description, the number of items per feed, and whether feeds should be titles/teasers/full-text.

 The site owner also has access to the Reports tool.

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