Backend & Full Access Control, Frontend Access Control, Login Restriction, Access & Security, Site Access

PWT ACL - formally known as ACL Manager - makes Joomla ACL easy to understand and manage. It provides a great overview of all Joomla ACL settings and will detect & fix issues with the Joomla assets table easily.

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Easily understand and manage Joomla ACL

Dozens of permission screens, nested groups, inherited permissions... The Joomla ACL system can be very confusing. By using PWT ACL you will quickly understand the concept and power of the permissions management in Joomla. It prevents you making mistakes and guide you to set up Joomla ACL permissions quickly.

Joomla user permission overview

Users assigned to several groups could become confusing in Joomla. The permissions are combined and settings are being overruled. No issue for PWT ACL! Open the user in PWT ACL and see exactly what actions are allowed and what actions are denied to the user on the site.

Diagnostics tool to fix asset table issues

PWT ACL comes with a powerful diagnostics tool that is able to detect and fix any issue related to the Joomla assets database tables. Issues are often caused by migrations and 3rd party extensions, resulting in conflicts and slower websites. The PWT ACL diagnostics will fix and rebuild the assets database table for you and any table that has relations with the assets table.

ACL support for any component

With PWT ACL you can set basic ACL permissions for any component. Even for 3rd party components that don't support Joomla ACL by default. This allows you to set custom backend access to components for your users.

On top of the Joomla core

PWT ACL does not use its own database tables. The entire extension is designed on top of the Joomla core and uses the core permissions system. So even if you remove PWT ACL your permission setup will remain in place.

Clear, revert, copy, import and export permissions

We provided several useful tools for you when configuring permissions for groups. Clear all permissions to start over or revert them to the default Joomla permissions. Copy permissions between groups and even export and import permissions between several Joomla sites. No need to set up the same permissions over and over again!

Wizard to set up group permissions

Use the PWT ACL wizard to quickly setup limited access for groups in the backend. Want to allow access to one or a few backend components? Use the wizard and configure the permissions within seconds for new or existing groups.

Show only the editable items

By default your users will be able to see for instance in the Joomla backend overview, but the can't click on the title to edit. With the enhanced ACL settings of PWT ACL, you can remove all items that a user can't edit from the list views for Articles, Contact and Modules. A user will only see the items they can edit.

CLI support for fixing asset issues

If you prefer to automate fixing the asset issues and rebuilding the assets table on a regular basis you can set up cronjobs. PWT ACL has two CLI scripts available, one for fixing asset issues and one for rebuilding the assets database table.

Available in 28 languages

ACLManager is available in Afrikaans, Amharic, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai & Ukrainian.

Just delighted

Posted on 11 September 2012

The fact that this component makes the task of managing user access a lot easier is absolutely brilliant in itself but the real strength of this component is Sander, who built it. His support, advice and help go well beyond a normal joomla developer - he is just fantastic and I would recommend using this component to anyone. It made an issue that was a nightmare for me soooo much easier.


Posted on 04 September 2012

Not only provides a consolidated view of ACL (something Joomla core lacks), but provides Diagnostic Checks of Asset Issues, fixes them in seconds, and administers access conflicts.

A must have time saver!

I was struggling with building a site with some complex permissions and I had to keep referring to the book to figure out where I had to change the permission for a particular user to a particular extension ... tedious but working. Then I wanted to give access to JComments ... and you cant do it in the extension. ACL Manager to the rescue and at last I can clearly see the complex permissions and change and tune them on one screen!. An excellent extension well worth the money.

I really need it for just one project but it really helps to limit what a middle tier support person has access to. This tool is easy to work with and understand and the developer needs several kudos for a job well-done. Thanks!

I was working hard on some ACL jobs - I finished one and it took me a week to customize member permissions, rules and everything that is important to make the site safe - I bought this app and on a second project it took me some hours - and everything was working immediately - really worth every Cent. Thanks a lot man.

Trust me - the robust ACL settings in Joomla 2.5x can quickly become overwhelming. This beautiful little extension removes the headaches and makes setting up access levels a breeze! ACL manager does exactly what it says. I have NO idea how support for this extension is handled because I haven't needed any. It worked right away and is so intuitive that support has not been necessary. Sander has provided the J! community a much-needed extension!!! There is no doubt in my mind that this should be part of Joomla core. Great, great work Sander!!!


Posted on 15 July 2012

This extension saved me a lot of time and also helped me a lot to check and understand J! ACL.

It also diagnose and fix some ACL problems !!!

Finally it adds ACL on non ACL compliant extensions !!!

It's just perfect, don't hesitate, get it...

I use this for all my client's websites to create the perfect backend user experience. It works beautifully!

This is an must have for your Joomla website. The user management can be quit overwhelming to (new) users. This component gives you a great overview of your ACL settings. Also it fixes possible problems in your ACL after installing components or upgrading from previous versions of Joomla.

Just being with the default Joomla! 2.5 ACL support is not enough! Just because a lot of JED advertised Joomla! 2.5 READY components have not implemented ACL support, yet and this can be a big nightmare if you need to 'access denied' to an especific 'User Group' some of those NOT YET well upgraded components...

ACL Manager not only gives a good interface through where edit your 'access permissions'...

NOW is adding ACL support by itself even to those wrongly updated components without ACL support integrated.

Even the help and quick answers received from Sander Potjer and his article: deserves an additional 5 stars rating!!

Thanks a lot for all of that and keep-up the good work! :-)

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ACL Manager

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Last updated:
Nov 02 2018
Date added:
Nov 19 2014
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