How to Passport York Protect Content

Passport York protection only applies to html pages, not to linked media (pdfs, docs, etc.) If you would like to post media and have it protected, please use YU Link.

There are two options available for protecting your content: protecting your entire site, and protecting individual pages.

Passport York Protecting an Entire WordPress Site:

  1. Log into your WordPress admin panel
  2. In the left panel, click through Settings > Reading
  3. Under Site Visibility (near bottom,) you will be given a list of options:
    • Select "" for a fully accessible site to everyone, including search engines
    • Select "Discourage search engines from indexing this site" to limit search engine access but allow any user to visit
    • Select "Visitors must have a login" to limit user access to anyone who has access to any WordPress Multisite at York (ie. a site with a url including '.info', '.lab', etc.)
    • Select "Only registered users of this blogs can have access" to limit user access to users listed as a website User (to see the list, in the left navigation click on 'Users')
    • Select "Only administrators can visit" to limit user access to site Administrators (to see the list, in the left navigation click on 'Users')
    • Note: the option to provide a password to access material on-site does not always work -- we recommend that it not be selected.
  4. Click 'Save Changes' to complete.

Passport York Protect Individual Pages:

There are two ways to Passport York protect individual pages, the first:

  1. Log into your WordPress admin panel
  2. In the left panel, click on Plugins
  3. Activate 'Simple Access Control'
  4. In the left panel, click through Settings > HTTP Authentication
  5. Ensure that 'Automatically create accounts?' (second point from bottom of page) is checked
  6. Click 'Save Changes'
  7. Go to page that should be behind Passport York (left panel, Pages > All Pages)
  8. On right side, in the 'Simple Access Control panel, under 'Show this content to', select 'Users who are logged in' from the drop-down menu and check or uncheck 'Always show in menus' as appropriate
  9. Click 'Publish' to make the page live or to save your changes.

Note: this process uses a Plugin that may conflict with other Plugins you may have enabled for your site. It also may add visitors as 'Subscribers' to your 'User' list (to see the list, in the left navigation click on 'Users').

and the second:

    1. Create a new page
    2. Under 'Page Attributes' ensure that under 'Parent', '(no Parent)' is selected
    3. Write the Title of the page as you would like for it to appear on the live page
    4. Next to the Permalink url, click 'Edit' and change the url to read 'py_protected'
    5. Click 'Ok' to save
    6. When you create a page that you would like to have Passport York protected, Under 'Page Attributes' ensure that under 'Parent', select the title of the page created in step 3, then proceed as you normally would when creating pages.

Both are equally effective. Use whichever you prefer.