Access Control & Private Content

In some cases you may need to limit access to your content that you do not want the public to see. Be cautious about the types of content you are publishing to the web and refer to Protect Our Info for classifications.

Use Case 1 - Limit access while editing the whole website

This use case is best when you want your whole website limited to certain people, for example, during a review period before the website goes live.

To achieve this, keep your website in Maintenance Mode and add users to a Role.


Use Case 2  - Limit access to select content and/or groups of people

This use case can include limiting parts of the website, types of content, and groups of people. It can get complex and you should contact WDS to engage in a project.

Requires the Access Control A collection of features or functionality that can be enabled on sites. WDS has made several optional modules available to site administrators to enable on their site. For example, the "News" module enables the News content type and provide a News List Block for displaying news on a page.

The Access Control module is not enabled on Site Builder websites by default. Contact us to have it enabled and let us know specific details about what you want protected and why.

The Access Control module can be installed to optionally restrict select content on your site to specific audiences.

There's three types of content can that be access controlled:

  • Content items such as Pages, News, Events, People, etc.
  • Documents such as PDFs
  • Images

WDS will work with you to define what audiences you want to be able to restrict the content to. Generally speaking, these include:

  • Anyone that can log in via CAS
  • Undergraduate Students
  • Graduate Students
  • Staff
  • Faculty
  • Staff of a particular department