The status of authors within SPIP

If you have login credentials for a SPIP site, then you are considered as an "author" of that site.

Within the default install of SPIP, there are three distinct kinds of authors: visitors, editors and administrators.

A visitor is someone who can simply access the restricted parts of the public site, as well as the forums to which that visitor is subscribed. The visitor has no access to the (/ecrire) private zone of the site.

A editor is someone who has access to the private zone of the site and who can only write site content and propose it for evaluation and/or approval (multimedia documents and general text). This status is the one most commonly used for managing SPIP sites.

An administrator is someone who has access to the private zone and who has "all rights" within the site: adding, modifying or deleting content, proofreading and correcting text authored by other editors, changing the hierarchy of sections and reassigning articles to new sections, etc. and most of all having the authority to publish items on the public web site.

The administrator has moral responsibility for the site’s content.

    • A restricted administrator is an administrator who has had their normal rights limited to one or more specific sections.
Examples of typical rights of SPIP authors





  • Visit the public web site
  • Participate in the forums upon subscription through the public site [1]
Can do everything that a visitor can, as well as:

  • create new content: write a new article or new item [1], add images and documents, reference another site on the Internet [1], etc.
  • propose such new content to be proofread before publication;
  • continue to write and correct such "editing in progress" or "proposed for publication"; modify a "to be validated" news item [1] ;
  • proofread and comment on articles proposed for publication by other editors;
  • preview articles "proposed for publication" on the public site [1] ;
  • view the list of authors;
  • view the list of keywords [1] ;

The editor may not however::

  • Modify a published article, even one that that editor wrote themselves;
  • Create a new section.
Can do all that an editor can, as well as:

  • Publish content on the public site: validate and publish an article, a news site, a site reference, etc.
  • Modify content that is already published;
  • Moderate the discussion forums;
  • Associate a new author to an article;
  • Modify the rights and statuses of the other authors;
  • Create new authors;
  • Modify the site’s general configuration parameters;
  • Activate, deactivate and configure supplementary features.

By default, SPIP only offers three different statuses: these are largely sufficient for managing web sites. Nonetheless, it is possible to extend the list of statuses and to vary the rights allocated to them, specifically by the addition or implementation of particular plugins.

Note: there is also a temporary ’trashed’ status (5poubelle in the database) for authors who have just been deactivated. These records are automatically destroyed when the cleanup background task runs after a day or 2, with the [trash plugin]-> providing an alternative to this destruction.


[1If this functionality has been activated.

Author Mark Published : Updated : 14/07/23

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