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Making your forum private

You can make your forum private by following the instructions below:

  1. Log in to your Website Toolbox account.
  2. Click the Settings link.
  3. In the Settings menu, click the Security link.
  4. Set the Privacy option to Private.
  5. Save your changes.

Making your forum private will ensure that only signed up users can view it. You can also optionally choose to approve new users.


  • Alternatively, you can make all or some categories private.
  • You may also want to review the permissions for the Pending Email Verification and Pending Approval user groups depending on if you have the Email address verification and the Approve new signups options enabled in the Settings -> Security section.
  • Making your forum private will also prevent access to search engines. If you would like search engines to be able to access your content, you may want to force guests to log in when posting content rather than when viewing your forum.

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