I've got a request to let front end users edit entries in 1 section, but only if the entries are related to their user group - so different users will have ability edit a different subset of entries in the same section.

  • group A could edit entries 1,3,10,12
  • group B could edit entries 2,5,7,14
  • group C could edit entries 9,11,21

Site admins need to be able to add new groups regularly

Thinking about using a category assigned to both user and entry and on the front end limiting which entries they have access to edit by checking for relationship to that category.

Is this a feasible approach? Is there a better approach.

Also looked at the User Group plugin, but that relies on actual user groups which site admins won't be able to add on the live sites since allowAdminChanges is set to false to prevent issues with project.config being updated out of git.


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If you're not using Craft's user groups for permissions, the solution you suggest is more or less exactly what sprung to my mind. You could create a Category Group called Permissions (just to keep it distinct from Craft's internal user groups), add the initial permission categories that are needed, then create a new field named Permissions that can be added to the User field layout and the field layout for the sections that are being managed.

Each entry can have one or more Permissions categories selected in the Permissions field, and every User can have one or more Permissions categories assigned to them in their profile.

To work out whether the user can edit a particular entry, just check that their permissions match the permissions that are set for that entry. This is probably easiest with IDs:

{% set entryPermissionIds = entry.permissions.ids() %}
{% set userPermissionIds = currentUser.permissions.ids() %}
{% set canEdit = false %}

    If the result of intersecting the user's permission IDs array with the
    entry's permission IDs array is equal to the length of the entry's 
    permission IDs array, the user has all the correct permissions to edit 
    this entry
{% if userPermissionIds|intersect(entryPermissionIds)|length == entryPermissionIds|length %}
    {% set canEdit = true %}
{% endif %}

{% if canEdit %}
    {# Show edit form #}
{% endif %}

Note: I've not tested this code, but I think the principle is sound!

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