This guide will explain how to define, create, and manage users in the backoffice

Users (not to be confused with Members) are people who have access to the Umbraco backoffice. These could include Content Editors, Translators, Web Designers, and Developers.

This guide will explain how to define, create, and manage users in the backoffice.

Creating a user

Go to the Users section. Here, you will see an overview of all the current backoffice users.

To create a new user select the Invite user button. You will be prompted to add a Name and an Email for the new user. You will also need to select which User group the new user should be added to and enter a Message for the invitation.

Once you have created the user, an autogenerated password will be provided. This password needs to be used to access the account.

User profiles

There are default properties on every user that can be defined:

  • Change/Remove photo.

  • Change Password (provides option to set a new password).

  • Disable (allows one to disable service access).

  • Update the email for the user.

  • Language (sets the backoffice language of the user account).

  • User Group (determines scope of access in the backoffice)

  • Start nodes for both Content and Media sections to limit the access

Default User Groups

By default, the User Groups available to new users are Administrators, Writers, Editors, Translators and Sensitive Data.

  • Administrator: Can do anything when editing nodes in the content section (has all permissions).

  • Editor: Allowed to create and publish content items or nodes on the website without approval from others or restrictions (has permissions to Public Access, Rollback, Browse Node, Create Content Template, Delete, Create, Publish, Unpublish, Update, Copy, Move and Sort).

  • Writer: Allowed to browse nodes, create nodes, and request for publication of items. Not allowed to publish directly without someone elses approval like an Editor (has permissions to Browse Node, Create, Send to Publish and Update).

  • Translator: Are used for translating your website. Translators are allowed to browse and update nodes as well as grant dashboard access. Translations of site pages must be reviewed by others before publication (has permissions to Browse Node and Update).

  • Sensitive data: Any users added to this User group will have access to view any data marked as sensitive. Learn more about this feature in the Sensitive Data article.

Creating a User Group

You can also create your own custom User Groups and add properties and tabs as you would with Document Types and Member Types.

Go to the Users section and select the Groups tab in the top-right corner.

User Groups Tab

Select Create group and you will be taken to the User Group editor. Here you can define and edit the User Group through custom settings and properties.

User Group Parameters

Create User Group

Shows basic information about the User Group and settings for custom properties.

  • Name: The name of the User Group shown in the User Group tab.

  • Alias: Used to reference the User Group in code - the alias will be auto-generated based on the name.

  • Assign access: Define which sections and languages the users will have access to, and if the users should have access to only some or all content and media.

  • Default Permissions: Selects the default permissions granted to users of the User Group.

  • Granular permissions: Define a specific node the users in the group should have access to.

  • Users: Add users to the new group.

User Permissions

Depending on which User Group a user is added to, each user has a set of permissions associated with their accounts. These permissions either enable or disable a users ability to perform its associated function.

The available user permissions are defined under Default Permissions in the User group.

Default permissions

Setting User Permissions

When a new user is created, you can set specific permissions for that user on different domains and subdomains. You can also set permissions on different User Groups, even for the default types.


As a developer you are only able to leverage your website from the backoffice when you build on the Users section of Umbraco. This is because the Users section is restricted to the Umbraco backoffice.

Umbraco Forms has a backoffice security model integrated with Umbraco Users. You can manage the details in the Users section of the backoffice, within a tree named Forms Security.

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