Magnolia 4.5 reached end of life on June 30, 2016. This branch is no longer supported, see End-of-life policy.
A role is a function a user performs in the management of a Magnolia website. It reflects the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a user. For example, the role Editor is responsible for day-to-day editing of content displayed on the site. Permissions granted to the editor role allow users in this role to edit content and submit it for review. The role Publisher on the other hand is tasked with reviewing content and publishing it from the authoring instance to public instances.