For years, this plugin has been a must on any Multisite network – giving users more options to choose from when it comes to privacy settings on their blogs.
One of the limitations to making blogs private (important in education, group discussion blogs, etc.) has been that you needed to first create user accounts and add users to a blog. Now, with one click, you can choose a password that you can give out to anyone that you want to be able to access the blog!
This could be a huge time saver when starting a new blog and not wanting open access while getting it set up, but still providing for an easy way to share it with a large group of people.
And Super Admins can easily control in the Network Admin settings which of the privacy options users have access to, and even reset a default option for all blogs on the network! You can pickup your copy of Multisite Privacy here for $39 or become a full member of WPMU DEV for access to all of our plugins and themes! It sounds like you may already know, but WordPress, by default, allows for password protecting individual pages and posts. At least I think this is the way the standard WMPU DEV plug-ins all function…is that correct? Hi Kief – This plugin is designed to be network activated as you say, but the network admin has many options on how it is used.
Good feedback – we are working on ways to better display and share the plugins we offer.
The new Privacy Plugin is administered by the network admin by installing it network wide which would be it available on all the blogs on the network.
Or when the network admin installs and activates the Privacy Plugin the blog admin has no choice and the Privacy Plugin is automatically accepted and activated on their individual blog and all control is up to the discretion of the network admin? When I first started working with WordPress five years ago, there was a lot of resistance to the CMS from clients.
By that time, WordPress was fast becoming the world’s most popular CMS and taking security very seriously.
The WordPress Codex has been blamed for misleading developers to use add_query_arg() and remove_query_arg() functions in an insecure way. But in recent weeks and months there has been a spate of security issues for WordPress plugins – most notably the cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability that has affected dozens of plugins, if not more, including big ones like Jetpack, Gravity Forms and Easy Digital Downloads – and some people have started to worry again. Each of these is important for different reasons, but it can be argued that security is the most important of all. One of the reasons that WordPress is increasingly becoming the target of security attacks is because it’s so big.
Post Status recently reported on the quick action the WordPress community took in patching the XSS vulnerability. With smaller and lesser used plugins, and those that aren’t well supported, this is less the case.
All of this means that when a security vulnerability comes to light in WordPress core or in a major plugin, it can be quickly fixed, and an update released straightaway.
None of this will benefit you unless you keep your version of WordPress and your plugins and themes up to date. So keeping your WordPress version and your plugins up to date will help your site perform at its best. Major releases tend to be very stable and bug-free thanks to the meticulous development cycle and the legions of people helping with testing, but sometimes a bug will slip through the net, and a minor release will come out to fix it.
Plugins and themes are the same: Make sure you install updates in case they fix bugs that could be affecting your site.
After a major WordPress release, a lot of plugins will get an update to ensure compatibility with the new version, or to make use of new features.


Occasionally you might find that an update to WordPress or to a plugin results in compatibility problems with another plugin, which is why it’s important to back up your site before updating. The best way around this is to get as many of your plugins as possible from the same source, and to get all of them from reputable developers who keep their plugins up-to-date. For minor releases, both WordPress itself and some plugins will update automatically, but you should still keep an eye on things to ensure everything ‘s up to date. In addition, plugin and theme developers can opt in to automatic plugin updates,  meaning that security patches and bug fixes for those plugins and themes will also be pushed out automatically. Some people prefer not to have automatic updates activated, for example if you have concerns over a plugin being updated and causing compatibility problems with other plugins, or you want complete control over your WordPress installation. You can specify whether automatic updates are enabled, disabled or only apply to minor releases by adding a line of code to your wp-config.php file. However if you want to ensure that your site is kept secure and up to date, I would advise against changing the defaults for automatic updates. The biggest barrier to keeping your site up to date for a lot of users is the work involved in checking your site and completing the updates. The following plugins will help you keep your site up to date, either by notifying you when you need to do something or by doing it for you.
The plugin doesn’t notify you of updates, but the flexibility makes it one worth using. You can then log in to your site and update the plugin if an update is available, or notify the plugin developer asking them to fix the problem. These plugins will all help you manage the process of keeping your site up to date and could save you having to remember to check regularly, as well as minimising the risk of you not updating soon enough after a security patch. It’s also important that you keep your site backed up regularly, especially if you set your plugins to automatically update. Which means that, unless you maniacally follow every update brought to themes, you’re falling behind. An added benefit is you can use this as a way to jump to your WordPress site front ends or backends with the handy admin links for each website. Only hobbyist bloggers, for the most part, can afford to blindly update to the latest point release of everything. Excellent article that covers pretty much everything I needed to know about why or when to upgrade WordPress. However, recently my irresponsible and non-supportive web hosting company disabled my WP document root and told me that they will not activate it unless i upgrade my WordPress installation via SSH. I checked the WP official site but i am a linux noob so i needed something more simple to help me. It has been requested by many, so most likely the one password example would only be used when privacy is desired, but not necessarily hiding top secret or sensitive content.
Does this WPMU DEV plug get administered like other WPMU DEV plug-ins in that you enable (i.e.
This makes all of the different privacy options available to individual blog owners under Settings > Privacy.
A CMS that powers up to a quarter of the internet will doubtless attract the attention of anyone wanting to insert malicious code, take sites down or steal data. But the very size of WordPress, and of its community of users and developers, is also an asset here. But the fact that all plugins are open source means that even if the plugin developer doesn’t fix the problem, someone else can.
I’ll come to how you do this later in this post, and recommend some plugins that can help. For example, recent releases of WordPress have included big improvements to the UX of the admin screens as well as accessibility improvements.


This means that bug fixes and security patches are pushed to every WordPress site running the previous major or minor release, increasing the overall performance, reliability and security of WordPress. This happened recently in the case of WordPress SEO, which released a security update following the discovery of a vulnerability in March this year. Automatic updates go some way towards doing this, meaning that you don’t have to manually perform all of the updates yourself.
The good news is that there are plugins that can help you with this as well as those that will manage automatic updates for you. This is quite a risky thing to do in my opinion (and can be done via wp-config.php anyway) so I would advise using its other option, which is to send you an email every time a plugin, theme, or WordPress gets an update. You can specify which of your installed plugins you want to update automatically via the plugin’s setting screen. It will ensure that your site performs as efficiently as possible and more importantly, it will keep on top of bug fixes and security patches.
You’ve also seen some plugins that can help you with the process, saving you having to do everything manually and helping you keep everything up-to-date. Even though they were only 118 kb large, the image took 5 seconds to load after your page’s text was shown, previously it was all black in stead. To make it worse, even for the more popular themes, there is no easy documentation on what precise changes are brought. A website of any complexity needs to be updated and tested in a development environment before changing the production site. Since they disabled it, i couldn’t do the update from the WP dashboard so i now had to find articles about this problem. The fact that WordPress is open source means that anyone finding a problem can identify the cause of that problem and alert the right people straightaway, whether that be via the WordPress site or by alerting a plugin developer.
Where I need functionality not provided by WPMU DEV, I make sure I only get plugins that are consistently kept up-to-date.
Plugins can do this too, which means that keeping things up to date gives you access to the latest goodies. Even better, use a local or staging copy of your site to test everything works after the update before making the update on your live site.
WordPress will also notify you when an automatic update to core has taken place (but not when a plugin is updated). It’s one of the most effective methods for enhancing security, especially when teamed with the use of strong passwords.
It’s all about downloading a zip copy of the new theme and running a binary comparison utility, if you ever have the time and courage to do it.
Then the individual blog admin could choose to accept or reject the network admin’s settings the are impacted by the Privacy Plugin. Just set up notifications as well and manually update the plugins that aren’t auto-updated after making a backup.
Because wordpress feels the title field is useless now that there are many mobile users who can’t hover above a link. I regret the move (mobile users are most of the time only a minority), but at worst there’s a temporary plugin to restore the functionality. I just want this to work and when the computer science graduates start in about flash drive updating and anything the least bit technical, I’m looking at paid help.



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