Privacy Settings

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Glow blogs can be set to have three different privacy settings:

  • Private, this is the default for newly created blogs, only members of the blog can view it.
  • Glow only, these blogs can only be viewed by authenticated (logged on) glow users. If the blog is in another LA from their own they may need to have the tile for that LA activated in RM Unify (It does not need to be on their Launchpad).
  • Public, these blogs are open for anyone with an internet connection to view.

Accessing the settings

After you log onto glow and visit the Dashboard of your blog the Settings menu is at the bottom of the left hand navigation  menu.

If the Setting menu is collapsed you can expand it by clicking on the disclosure arrow [1]

Then Click Reading [2]

Accessing the settings

Privacy Settings

The settings screen is very straightforward, you just choose the radio button for the setting you want and click Save Changes,

NB: Staff are the only user who will be able to make a blog public. Pupils cannot make a blog public.

If a pupil has a blog and want to make it public they would have to add a teacher to the blogs users with an Admin role.

A pupil can make a blog that they have an Admin role private or glow only. If they have a blog where a teacher has made the blog public they can make that blog private or glow only. They cannot revert it to public, they will again need a staff user to make the blog public again.

Privacy Settings

16 thoughts on “Privacy Settings”

  1. Users can no longer access password protected pages on this website since the upgrade to wordpress 4.0
    Please help as pupils require access to these resources for exam preparation.

    Many thanks

  2. I am setting up a school blog at he moment. It will be a glow only blog. Can you tell me how to give parents access? Many thanks, Sharon

    1. If you make the blog glow only people who view there blog will need Glow Accounts. Currently parents do not have glow accounts.
      If you wish people without glow accounts to be able to access your blog you need to make the blog public.

  3. I have just set up a blog on Glow that I have made public as it is information for the parents. I want to share this on the school website. How do I do that?

  4. Hi, I have created our new school website/blog. I have managed to change the settings to public but when I ‘google’ our school the new web page doesn’t show up. How do I share our new website with parents?

    1. Hi Erin,
      At first you will have to share the URL with parents. After a while google will find your site and it will go up the ratings.
      If you find the url too long you could make a shortened url with or

    1. Hi Sean,
      If your blog is public google with eventually crawl it and it will show up in searches. Links from other sites will speed up the process.


  5. Hi there,
    I have a blog as a reflective journal for my of my university modules. I’m pretty sure that when I made the blog I said no to search engines being able to index the site. Although my privacy setting for reading is public it still doesn’t come up when I google it. Is there any way that i could go back and change the no to a yes for the indexing of the site on search engines. Thanks in advance, Chloe.

  6. Hi John. We are trying to set up private pages on public blogs for assessment purposes on specific modules. We have managed to make a page private while still maintaining the public status of the blog by making the assessing staff admin. The page then disappears from the header bar and the only way we can see it is through the dashboard. Is there any other way to get straight to the private page that you can think of? Thanks in advance. Link here on demo blog Sustainable development page has been made private.

    1. Hi Catriona,
      The menu you see is just the one that the theme automatically shows. You can add the page into the menus by creating a menu (Appearance->Menus). This will show up.
      If you don’t want to make everyone admins you could password protect the pages instead.

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