Understanding Permissions and Controls

A control is an item in Brightspot that you click or select, such as a widget, tab, checkbox, or drop-down list. Typically, not all users have access to all controls. For example, editors usually do not have access to the administrative-level controls for adding new users. Brightspot uses permissions to restrict the access a role or user has to various controls. The following sections describe those controls and how to use them.

Selecting Controls for Permissions

When assigning permissions, there are three ways to select controls: all, none, or some.

  • If you select all, the role has access to all controls within that feature. For example, selecting All Sites grants the role’s users access to all sites.
  • If you select none, the role has no access to the controls within that feature. For example, selecting No Sites prevents the role’s users from accessing any controls associated with any site.
  • If you select some, the role has access to those options you select. For example, selecting Some Sites grants the role’s users access to controls associated with the sites you select.

Referring to the following example, the role has access to all controls that satisfy the following criteria:

  • Associated with some sites (Neanderthal Recipes and Rudolfensis Recipes).
  • Do not appear in any area.
  • Appear on any widget.

The following sections describe the various controls to which you can assign permissions.

Sites Control

The sites control limits the sites to which a role has access. For example, a Spanish-speaking role might be limited to working on the Spanish and English sites, not French and German sites.


The sites control is useful for controlling access to the Global site—a site that sets many defaults for all Brightspot users.

Areas Control

The areas control contains the following sub-controls:


Depending on your version of Brightspot, other area controls may be available.

Widgets Control

The widgets control limits access to widgets in the content edit page.


By limiting widgets, you can prevent certain roles from scheduling content, setting URLs, or viewing previous revisions.

UI Control

The UI control specifies if content locking and field-level locking is available to a role.


Tabs Control

The tabs control specifies which tabs are available throughout Brightspot. For example, referring to the following illustration—

  • The user or role has access to the Dashboard and Notifications tabs (typically available in the Edit Tool User, Edit Tool Role, and Profile widgets).
  • The user or role does not have access to the Advanced, Debug, and Tabs tabs (typically available in the Edit Tool User, Edit Tool Role, and Edit Global widgets).

See also:

Types Control

The types control limits access to controls on the content edit page by content type. The following illustration is an example of limiting access to reading, writing, bulk editing, and bulk workflow progression of articles.


You can also remove access to fields associated with a content type. In the previous illustration, Some Article is selected and the internal name headline appears in the Exclude field, implying that there is no access to the headline field in the content edit form.