Brightspot CMS User Guide

Impersonating a user

You can use Brightspot as a different user. This technique is useful for administrators who need to verify that they configured a role’s or user’s permissions correctly. For example, Alex is a Brightspot administrator with access to all features. He configured a role Proofreader with access only to the Workstreams and Scheduled Events widgets on the dashboard. Alex can impersonate a user in the Proofreader role to verify the dashboard is configured correctly.

Typical administrator's dashboard
Typical administrator's dashboard
Impersonated user's dashboard
Impersonated user's dashboard

To impersonate a user:

  1. Click menu > Admin > Users & Roles
  2. Select the user you want to impersonate.
  3. Click settings, and from the menu select Impersonate This Tool User.

You return to the dashboard as seen by the impersonated user. A message appears above the header indicating the user you are impersonating. Furthermore, in widgets that show an editor’s name, such as Revisions, the impersonated user’s name appears.

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