How to: lock down your website and keep it private

Posted on 24 December in How To's

Many clans and guilds have different goals. Some are big, some are small. Some want to grow, others don't. Whatever your goal is - we want to help you achieve it. If your community is open to new members, that's great. Our new universal login feature will make it much easier for users to join your group.

With our last update we discovered that many of you prefer a closed community. If you want a closed community, that's not a problem too, just follow these simple steps to lock down your website.

1) Turn off guest access

The first step to having a private, locked down website is to turn off guest access. You can do this by going to Admin Panel > Main Settings > Membership & Registration > Guest Access. You can also hide all panels to guests too. The main benefits of this are:

  • Users must be registered and logged in to view your website
  • This allows you to moderate your membership requests (see below)
  • The security of your website is drastically improved (spammers and trolls are kept out)
But this does come with some disadvantages. The main disadvantage is that search engines, such as Google, will be unable to index your website - hurting your Google rankings and the potential to increase traffic. However, if your goal is to have a closed community then this shouldn't be too much of a problem.

2) Turn on membership approval

This feature allows you to moderate your registration requests. When users attempt to join your website, they will be locked out until you allow access. To enable this feature, go to: Admin Panel > Main Settings > Membership & Registration > Member Approval. If this setting is enabled, you'll receive notifications by email when new members attempt to register. You can disable email notifications by editing your notification preferences.

The disadvantage to this, however, is the user will be unable to access your website until you approve their request. Depending on your schedule the user may have to wait several days before being approved. You can always delegate tasks to other members to help you with this though.

By disabling guest access and enabling membership approval, you'll have yourself a close-knit, locked down website which only you can control access too.

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