I just installed EE this morning, and got lost immediately upon beginning to configure it.
Basically, I don’t understand how channels, categories, pages, templates, fields, and member groups interact. They all seem to allow different sorts of content and/or access permissions, but I can’t figure out how it all works together.
My site has the following “sections:”
——- A few
——- Will contribute
There are a few others, but this should give the general idea.
Some main sections will need at least a slightly different template, and a couple of sub-sections will as well.
With the above site structure, what should be a channel, a category, or a page?
Also, some sections will need to be access-restricted according to member-group. What is the best way to do that?
Finally, I will need at least the following member groups:
1.) Authors (can contribute to certain selected article “categories” which may be different for each author)
2.) Bloggers (can only contribute to their own blog)
3.) Members who can comment on articles/blogs/etc.
4.) Members who can comment AND be granted read-access to some restricted areas
Some members may need to be in more than one member group. Bloggers and authors especially may have some overlap.
Any and all help understanding these issues will be much-appreciated!