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WordPress Help Guide

Add someone to your site

  1. To add a 5-college user to your site, first have the individual login to
  2. After they have logged in at least once, click on “Users” from your site dashboard.
  3. Enter their full email address into the email/username field.
  4. Select the role that the individual should hold, then click add existing user.
  5. Check the box that skips sending the confirmation email.
  6. When this individual logs into Commons and clicks “my sites” in the top left corner of their landing page, they should now see your site listed.


Site Privacy

WordPress privacy options, described below

Privacy settings in WordPress can be found in the Dashboard, under Settings > Reading.

Wordpress allows you to choose between five privacy settings, as seen in the image above.

The first two options make your site available to the general public.

  • "Allow search engines to index this site" is the option to use if you'd like your site to show up in search engine rankings. The WordPress support team is not able to provide further search engine optimization for sites on Commons at this time.
  • "Discourage search engines from indexing this site" will leave your site publicly accessible but instruct search engines to ignore it. (Note that not all search engines honor this request.) Many Commons users who want a site to be public use this setting. 

The remaining three settings limit visibility to members of the MHC and Five Colleges community by requiring viewers to log in to commons before viewing.

  • "Visible only to registered users of this network" will let anyone with a Five College login view your site.
  • "Visible only to registered users of this site" will restrict visibility to only individuals you specifically add as site users. This setting is commonly used when building and adding content to a site, before making it more public.
  • The "Visible only to administrators of this site" setting is the most restrictive of all, and you will need to specify Administrators for your site, so that they can see it. 
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