If you are using tendenci you most likely are interested in managing memberships within your organization. Here's what you need to know to make the most of the membership management tools tendenci has to offer. 

Tendenci makes use of 2 different forms of accounts: users and memberships. The difference between the two has to do with access to functions and the robustness of the tools related to the forms. Users are simpler forms of accounts: they have more restricted access and there are less tools related to them, especially in terms of reports. Memberships are more developed, they have more power and there are more tools for analyzing and organizing them. Members must be users, users do not need to be members.

When first using tendenci, there should be at least two users, the system administrator who set up tendenci for you and the adminstrator who will be managing the system for your organization. 

It is the job of the organization's administrator to organize membership management procedures, forms and data. 

1. Users: depending on permissions can adminster site and access different features of the site.

2. Members: are part of groups that require membership applications and have access to the features exclusive to those groups.