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The idea is that one can assign permission to fields just as node types. Evidently this gives great flexibility to webmasters to account for unforeseen requirements.

The advantage seems obvious: one can simply change permission of a particular field instead of defining a new node type and suffer the burden of migrating or re-creating old nodes into new ones. For example one can make an image field only visible to premium members.

I appreciate your hints about this.

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Yeah, You can make use of Field Permissions

Features

  • Enable field permissions on any entity, not just nodes.
  • Role-based field permissions allowing different viewing patterned based on what access the user has.
  • Author-level permissions allow viewing and editing of fields based on who the entity owner is.
  • Permissions for each field are not enabled by default. Instead, administrators can enable these permissions explicitly for the fields where this feature is needed.
  • Field permissions overview
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