We are setting up permission for users of our site, and have assigned our users to the roles sitecore\Sitecore Client Authoring and sitecore\Sitecore Client Designing.

However this does not allow the user to edit the Placeholder and Data Source fields of the component as you can see they are greyed out.

Fields Greyed out

What changes do I need to make to make these fields editable?


Full User Roles

  • sitecore\Sitecore Client Users
  • sitecore\Author
  • sitecore\Sitecore Client Social Authoring
  • sitecore\Analytics Testing
  • sitecore\Analytics Personalization
  • sitecore\Sitecore Client Authoring
  • sitecore\Sitecore Client Designing
  • can you try to add just Sitecore\Author role? Oct 12, 2016 at 10:53
  • They are already a member of Sitecore\Author, I'll add the full roles to the question. Oct 12, 2016 at 10:57

2 Answers 2


You have two options here:

  1. Sitecore/Designer role has the permissions you need and I'd recommend to use it if you need to edit Data Source and Placeholder.
  2. Grant Write access for the "Client Designing" to the /sitecore/templates/System/Layout/Rendering Parameters/Standard Rendering Parameters/__Standard Values item.

But be careful; if one role has access rights but the other doesn't, you won't have access rights to the item until you override access directly to an user of that role.


I ended up resolving this by adding Read and Write permissions for my role on the /sitecore/templates/System/Layout/Rendering Parameters/Standard Rendering Parameters/__Standard Values item.

Rendering Parameters Permissions

  • when you say, 'my role', is that a custom role, or did you modify access rights on a Sitecore role? Oct 12, 2016 at 15:51
  • This is his custom role Oct 12, 2016 at 15:57
  • Setting custom permissions is always a bad practice, especially with next upgrade you'll have to repeat this process all over again. Oct 12, 2016 at 16:01
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    @ElenaZlateva Its a custom role that inherits the Sitecore roles. Oct 13, 2016 at 7:51
  • @SergejsKravcenko I have serialized these changes to source control so they will be reapplied. Oct 13, 2016 at 7:54

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