As this is my first WP post I would like to first thank the entire WP community for a really good open source blogging framework. I have looked around and compared the many options but now I am hooked on WordPress!
The subject of this first posting deals with the ability to protect WP categories. The simple senario is that I wish to have CAT-A asisgned public access and allow my RSS aggregator to see these postings. Additionally, I wish to have CAT-B to be seen as private so that I can prohibit my RSS aggregator from seeing CAT-B postings.
Now if this has already been discussed and I missed it in my many strolls through the forums, then please just redirect me and accept my advanced apologies. However, if I did not miss anything then allow me to comment on a few building blocks which I have seen:
1. Protected Password does work but this is at the posting level and it leaves the complete site accessible to my RSS aggregator.
2. If we had multiple blog support this would be an option (public categories assigned to a seperate blog) but this gets messy. I have already installed WP to create a number of instances but this becomes a maintenance nightmare.
3. Viewlevel plugin is a nice start but I have had trouble getting it to work using 1.1.2 w/WP night build from early August. I too could not get the padlock image to render and my installation is pretty virgin (few hacks & plugins). Plus the padlock image along with the protection level seem to be overlaid or in conflict with my CSS file from the wp-style-switcher plug-in.
4. Viewlevel Enhancement plugin is moving in right direction but again I do not see this as a category level feature. I agree with Neil that the dropdown feature is a nice usability enhancement over inline value assignment.
I guess the design I am looking for is a joint packaging of VL + VL-Enhancement with modifications so that the access levels are assigned on the posting and/or category.
So as a newbie, I of course want blogging utopia...but for now I am asking for category protection?
Is anyone willing to noodle on a design for Category level protection via this forum thread?