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Keeping things private


Blogging is all about openness, spreading and sharing. Most likely you want as many eyeballs on you blog as possible and blogging software, naturally, optimized for doing just that. But what if you want to keep things private? May be you keep your personal diary online because you want to have access to it from anywhere or you want members only blog for friends or family? Yes this is true that you might look for alternative first and get specialized software, but if you already feel comfortable with BlogEngine, well, you know that story about hammer and nail, right? Whatever your reasons are, no blogs are good in privatizing out of the box, and BE is not an exception. You’ll have to tighten some screws and make few adjustments here and there to force it to respect your privacy. Fortunately, as usual with BE, it’s straight forward architecture and excellent extensibility makes this task not very hard.

My personal need is to have a family blog, nothing especially secret but still I don’t really want pictures of my kids and such in public domain. I checked BE forum and found few folks interested in the subject and some general tips, but no good guide on privatizing BE. This is why I’m putting together this page where I’ll share my experience in the field, may be someone else will find it useful.

You always welcome to leave your comments, suggestions and tips – if it fit in, I’ll update my little guide accordingly.

Comments (4) -

  • gk

    11/12/2008 7:49:33 AM |

    I'm new to BlogEngine.Net and it is exactly the type of blog-solution I need; Basics in place, easy to extend, and on top of that, the code is very easy to follow and really invites you to make changes. I've just the same needs as you, a semi private family blog with different levels of accesscontrol. My initial take on the subject is to have a photo album system with access restrictions put into BlogEngine - for this I'm thinking of creating it as a usercontrol (one main usercontrols loading other controls) injected in a standard BlogEngine.Net page and my next step will be the accesscontrol itself. Your tip on using av extension for this seems like a clever solution, I will follow your progress on this. If I get time to do some work myself, I can share my experiences and solutions as well. Thank you for taking the time to share!

  • Amer Gerzic

    11/15/2008 2:21:59 AM |

    Very nice and useful!
    I was planning to do this for a while, but never got to it.

    Thanks for useful tips!

  • j.d.

    11/29/2008 12:23:43 PM |

    Did you have to make any changes to the theme?

  • rtur.net

    11/30/2008 8:32:36 AM |

    Did you have to make any changes to the theme?
    Trying not to - you can always look at BE blog through standard theme, so it is bad idea to use theme for security.

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