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Protected Blogging Now Available


The Blogs at Penn State has helped students, faculty, and staff publish content to their Penn State Personal Web space. Today's update to the blogs system enables creation of blogs in Penn State Protected Personal Web space as well. When a user creates a blog, they will be given the option to create the blog in their protected space. If this option is chosen, then:

  • Only those granted access by the blog creator will be able to view the blog.
  • Permission to view the blog can be granted to those with Penn State Access Accounts or Friends of Penn State Accounts. Users may be added by userids or by groups.
  • Since logging in through WebAccess is required in order to view a protected blog, almost all RSS applications will not be able to access a protected blog's feed.
  • Only the creator of the protected blog can search within a protected blog or use the protected blog's tag cloud. Other readers will not be able to use the blog's tag cloud or search the blog.
  • Any contents in this private blog will not show up in the PSU Voices Blog Search.

Want to see how it works? Watch the screencast embedded below. New Blogs At Penn State? Visit the getting started guide


Can you create and use UMG's, rather than having to add individual users? If so, can I manage them through the Access Control Manager?

Yes, you can use UMGs to grant access to view your blog. Permission to view the blog is all handled by the Access Control Manager.

Unfortunately, you can not grant permission to edit your blog via groups at this time.

How do you protect a blog you already made?

How do you protect a blog you already created?

Kasey, Unfortunately you can not change a blog from open to protected, or from protected to open. You could create a new blog as protected and move your content to this new blog.

Information on exporting your blog content can be found here:

Information on importing blog content can be found here:


  • By creating a weblog, you agree that you are solely responsible for the content you create. Neither the content of your weblog, nor the links to other web sites, are screened, approved, reviewed or endorsed by the Pennsylvania State University. The text and other material on your weblogs are the opinion of the specific author and are not statements of advice, opinion, or information of the Pennsylvania State University.

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