Making Items Private

This page of the Privacy user manual is applicable for Privacy 2.0. A new user manual is being written for Privacy 2.1. In the meanwhile, these can be used as a reference as the two versions are similar

The controls for protecting individual items (entry, category or blog) are similar, but are located in different places:

  • Entries - The privacy settings for entries must first be enabled using the Customize the display of this page link at the bottom of the screen. Check the Privacy Settings checkbox and the new/edit screen will refresh showing privacy settings right at the bottom

    Privacy Settings Checkbox

  • Categories - The privacy settings for categories are located at the bottom of the category editing screen (click the name of a category from the Categories listing)

  • Blogs - The privacy settings for the entire blog are found by clicking Blog Privacy Settings under Plugin Actions on the overview page or the blog.

    Blog Privacy Settings

The actual interface for protecting an item will look similar to this (the only difference being the privacy types available):

Privacy Settings

To protect an item simply check the types of authentication you'd like to use. You will then be presented further settings for this privacy type and will need to enter the credentials readers will be required to enter. Depending on the privacy types you have installed, this could either be a list of credentials (for example with Typekey, LiveJournal or OpenID) or a single credential (for example Password). You will need to add the appropriate MTPrivate tags in your templates before Privacy is in full effect

If you have created any Privacy Groups, these are also available on the right hand side. The privacy groups act as a toggle, click once and you will add all the users from the Privacy Group, click again and the users will be removed. The icon for the corresponding group will reflect this toggle state.

Privacy Group On Privacy Group Off

Whilst protecting blogs and categories, you can also specify whether you'd like children items to inherit the privacy settings specified here.

Privacy Recursive

For example, if you were to protect a blog with a password l337p455w0Rd and checked the New Entries box, new entries would by default also be protected with the same password.

Also after protecting a blog or category, you'll also be given an option to recursively apply this protection to children items. Clicking the button will create a new popup window where you'll be able to choose the items you would like to protect.

Privacy Recursive Choose

On clicking Apply, you will be presented with a progress screen which will be continuously updated to reflect all the items that have been protected and are currently being protected.

Privacy Recursive Progress


Jared said:
on May 29, 2008 4:00 PM | Reply

I just got your latest Privacy plugin for MT 4.1. I understand that the documentation is not ready yet, but I have a question. I am trying to make a blog private, and I had no problem setting the privacy setting on "Blog Settings" page, but do I still need to use MTPrivate tags? If so, which template do I need to put MTPrivateBlog in? I tried the index template with no effect. Thanks for any help.


This is part of the official user manual for Privacy, a plugin for Movable Type by Arvind Satyanarayan.

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