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Archive a site but keep it public (7 posts)

  1. archonic
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Couldn't find this issue previously posted.

    I'm creating a network for a class and when the class is over at the end of each semester, the prof would like to archive the site. That means disabling new content being posted to it but he'd also like to keep it publicly visible as an example for the next class and to keep the info available.

    In the "info" tab under sites in the network admin, check-boxes allow a site to be both archived and public. However as a visitor not signed in, having public checked or not doesn't make a difference regardless of other boxes being checked. Having the site deleted, deactivated, marked as spam or archived just shows different messages and the site is never visible unless signed in as a super admin. Is the public property broken?

    There's also the option to "deactivate" a site when rolling over it in the sites list, however this appears to just "delete" the site (mark as deleted, not remove it). The bulk options action doesn't allow anything but delete and spam functions - would be handy to have more.

    Perhaps this area of WP MS can be cleaned up? It sounds like actions can be added to the bulk actions drop down, the deactivate link can be removed. Having a column for a site's "status" (public, archived, deleted, whatever) would allow you to sort the list as well (archived at the top for example).

    For now, archiving a site in my context will be a sticky post stating the site is archived and removing all users to the site. That's fine but I figured others would also appreciated a sites list and sites public status fix-up.

  2. having public checked or not doesn't make a difference regardless of other boxes being checked. Having the site deleted, deactivated, marked as spam or archived just shows different messages and the site is never visible unless signed in as a super admin. Is the public property broken?

    No, non public means (as described on the settings page in the sub site) that the site is not crawled by search engines. That's it.

    Perhaps this area of WP MS can be cleaned up?

    There may be a trac ticket on this, but if not please file one. Yes it needs work.

    You can also close comments too. ;)

  3. archonic
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks guys! That makes sense about public but perhaps "crawl-able" is a better word for it.

  4. I thought 'Archive' would be best as a read-only setting, personally, but basically the terms need to be better defined and separated.

  5. gilliancs
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I have the same need. At the moment I have set all the old users to subscriber so it's not possible to write to the site any more. (If I delete the users all their posts will end up admin as the author.) But I don't know how safe this is. I'd like archive to mean completely unwritable, which I hope would also mean unattackable.

    By the way, what does "mature" mean?

  6. Mature means for grownups only.

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