JGU Auth: Visibility / Intranet settings

By default, all new WordPress blogs are public unless you ask us to change the settings for public visibilty when setting up your blog.

Visibility settings for the whole blog (JGU Auth)

The plugin 'JGU-Auth', when activated by administrators, enables you to reduce read access for all posts and pages of your blog to either

  • access only for owners of a JGU university account, or
  • only for members of specific groups of the active directory at JGU university.

Blog posts/-pages will then not be publicly available any more and they will not be indexed by public search engines.

Please note however: we would recommend WordPress as a system for content intended for the general public in the long run. If you intend to build an intranet, we recommend using Sharepoint/Teamweb instead.

If you would like 'JGU-Auth' enabled for your WordPress project, please write to webmaster@uni-mainz.de, adding your blog address and whether you want access defined for every member of the university, or only a specific active directory group.
'JGU-Auth' can be deactivated at any time afterwards. It was developped as a help for situations where blog posts and pages are (initially) intended only for members of the university, but not (or not yet) for the general public.

Please note:

  1. With this plugin activated, all posts/pages will only be delivered to the browser via an SSL connection.
  2. New from 9/2013: Users that are authenticated with their university account will get a logout button at the top of the middle column of every page/post.

Visibility settings for single posts or pages

Even if 'JGU-Auth' is not activated, WordPress has its own built-in functionality for reducing the visibilty of posts or pages from 'public' to  'private'.

You will find these settings when editing pages or posts in the upper right corner of the dashboard inside the 'Publish' box:
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'Password protected' do not use! Works only inside the university!

'Private' means that only autors logged in to the backend/dashboard of your blog (and system administrators) will be able to see this.

Both settings will exclude public search engines from indexing the content of these posts/pages.

Authentication based on JGU university accounts for single posts/pages (JGU Auth)

With the plugin 'JGU Auth' activated, every single post/page will display an additional field called 'Access restriction for groups of the JGU active directory'. Every editor may enter any single group listed in the university's active directory into this field. After updating the post/page, the post/page will require authentication from any frontend reader and admit reading access only to members of the named group.

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If all owners of a university account should be admitted, simply enter 'alle' into this field.

Page content will only be shown after authentication with a specific form.

Please note:

  1. With this plugin activated, all posts/pages will only be delivered to the browser via an SSL connection.
  2. New from 9/2013: Users that are authenticated with their university account will get a logout button at the top of the middle column of every page/post.