Social Privacy is a set of open-source plugins for WordPress that restrict the read access of posts or categories to only specified registered users.
Social Privacy is a set of open-source plugins for WordPress that restrict the read access of posts or categories to only specified registered users. Install these plugins and you can start blogging for friends and family about topics that are too sensitive to publish publicly.
Some social networks like Facebook support user blogs with extensive privacy control. Social Privacy grants bloggers an even greater level of privacy control, outside of these walled gardens -- right here in the blogosphere.
Which posts can be restricted?
To whom can posts be restricted?
Which access method is controlled?
For protected posts, what will users see in their syndicated feeds?
For public posts or for protected posts, what email content can be sent to authorized users?
Security usually increases inconvenience for users. What convenience features are supported to balance the additional security?
How can one minimize the chance that unauthorized users be able to read protected posts forwarded to them by authorized users?
The following 5 plugins have been created or modified to work in unison to give you complete control over access to the posts in your WordPress installation. If installed individually, some of these plugins provide significant functionality on their own, but their best features are enabled when installed as one set.Social Access Control (based on Category Access)
Based on the 3rd-party Category Access, this plugin provides the core functionality for restricting the access permissions of posts. This gives you the ability to permit only specific registered users to read certain posts or certain categories of posts.Subscribe2 for Social Privacy (based on Subscribe2)
Based on the 3rd-party Subscribe2, this plugin allows registered and unregistered users to be notified via email whenever there is a new post that they are permitted to access. Users can choose between different email contents and post categories.Private Files for Social Privacy (based on Private Files)
The 3rd-party Private Files plugin tightens the security of private posts by preventing clever users from obtaining unauthorized access to contained images and other attachments.
Private Files was enhanced to respect the access permissions of the Social Access Control plugin.Unique URL Authentication
The Unique URL Authentication plugin is a new plugin from Multinc that works with the Social Access Control plugin to add access control to syndicated feeds. Since popular web feed readers such as Google Reader do not support private feeds that require a login and a password, a common solution is to give each registered user their own unique and unguessable feed URL. With this plugin installed, each user will have his or her own feed and will receive a listing of only the feed items that he or she has access to.
Also, the links contained in each feed item and each email notification that point back to the blog website can also benefit from password-less authentication. This allows sensitive posts to remain on the website rather than sent out, while giving authorized users single-click convenience.Access Expiration
The Access Expiration plugin is another new plugin from Multinc that adds another level of access control for particularly sensitive posts. For each post or category, you can limit the number of views and the amount of time that an item remains viewable by each user after he or she first accesses the post. Unlike other plugins that expire posts for all users at the same time, this plugin keeps track of every user's viewing history so that each gets equal access time. This plugin is useful for limiting the chance that any authorized user accidentally or deliberately forwards a private post to an unauthorized user.
Because authorized users may have legitimate reasons for accessing a post beyond the allotted time, the plugin gives users the simple option of requesting an extension of their viewing privileges.