Protect feeds of private sites/blogs with feed keys. Tested on network using a MODIFIED version of "Network Privacy" plugin.
The plugin allows the user to generate feed keys for their private sites. Sites are defined as private as long as their privacy settings are set below the "I would like to block search engines, but allow normal visitors" option.
PLEASE NOTE that this plugin has only been tested in conjunction with a MODIFIED version of the "Network Privacy" plugin; while other privacy settings plugins should theoretically work, they have not been tested. Ensuring integration with other privacy plugins is a goal for later updates.
To ACTIVATE a feed key for your private site/blog feed:
All of the site feeds should now be protected by your new feed key. The complete feed URL can be found on the "Privacy Settings" dashboard page (if it appears grayed out it means that the feed key is not active). The URL most likely looks as follows:
This means that "http://example.com/feed/" should result in a "Feed Key Missing" error message and "http://example.com/feed/?feedkey=(wrong-feed-key)" should result in a "Invalid Feed Key" error message.
Accessing specific feeds such as the site commments feed is simply done by entering the following URL structure:
To RESET a feed key (generate new key and make the previous invalid) for your private site/blog feed:
There should now be a new feed key generated replacing the old one. The new complete feed URL can be found on the "Privacy Settings" dashboard page.
--The Feed Key plugin by Andrew Hamilton was used as a source for this plugin during development.--