Joomla 1.7 New Feature – Grant access to groups to access your Joomla website while it is Offline
Generally it takes a while for you to customize and develop your Joomla website. In the meantime you don’t want the public to see your site while are you still in development/ designing mode. There is an option to set your Joomla website into “Offline” mode where only the super administrator can see your website. This was always there in previous version. But now, if you have a client who is eager to see the progress of your work, you can assign them access to view the website “Offline”, but also prevents them from logging into your Joomla backend. Remember as a Super Administrator, you have access to everything and see everything that is happening on your website.