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How do I use x500 to password protect a UofM Brand blog template set?

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If you're using U of M Brand blog templates, then here are special instructions for password-protecting your blog.

  1. Log into UThink, then click on Design > Templates.
  2. Look in the Index Templates section. Do you see a template called "Privacy Bootstrapper?" If not, go to step 3. Otherwise, proceed to step 4.
  3. If you don't have the "Privacy Bootstrapper" template, click on "Install Templates" in the lower right hand corner. In the resulting pop-up, select "Privacy Bootstrapper" in the drop down menu. Then click "Continue." After the template has been created, exit the pop-up and reload the

    "Design" -> "Templates" page. You should now see the "Privacy Bootstrapper" template.


  4. Back in Design > Templates, look for this code:

    <!--BEGIN LEFT NAVIGATION -->

    Add a line above it:

    <MTPrivateBlog>
    <!--BEGIN LEFT NAVIGATION -->


  5. Now scroll down a bit, and look for this code:


    <!--END THREE COLUMN PAGE CONTENT-->


    Add a line below it:

    <!--END THREE COLUMN PAGE CONTENT-->
    </MTPrivateBlog>


    Now you have enclosed the content of your blog in privacy protection while keeping the unit header and UMN footer visible. Visitors will know which blog they have arrived at, but they can't access content without signing in.


  6. Within the Main Index template, click on "Template Options" and change "index.html" to read "index.php" ... what you are doing here is allowing the blog home page to execute the code that makes the privacy feature work.

  7. Save.

  8. You will need to repeat steps 4-7 for the "Archive Index", "Category Entry Listing," "Entry," "Monthly Entry Listing," and "Page" templates. Save them all with the new tags inserted.

  9. Go into the "Preferences" -> "Publishing" menu in the upper banner menu bar. Change the "File Extension" field to read "php" and click on "Save Changes."

  10. Go into "Preferences" -> "General" and set the Privacy drop down menu to "Private." If you haven't used the functionality before it then bring up a pop-up menu where you can select between "Password" protection and "U of M Authentication" protection. Make your choice and fill in the

    corresponding box. If you select U of M Authentication, enter each Internet ID separated by commas and without the "@umn.edu" part. Click "Save Changes" to save your authentication information and click "Save Changes" again to save the Preferences -> General menu.


  11. Finally "Rebuild" your entire blog.
  12. Congratulations! Your U of M Brand blog should be password protected now.

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