Privacy 2.1 Public Beta: Read Permissions in MT4

Privacy Editor

Another day and another public beta! This time for Privacy. Privacy is a new plugin for Movable Type that allows you to define "read permissions" for system objects in Movable Type (entries, categories and blogs). As a result, readers will first need to authenticate to be able to view the object. Privacy gives you fine-grained control over who can read your content.

Privacy 2.1 now makes the plugin fully compatible with Movable Type 4.0 (it integrates beautifully into the application as the screenshots no doubt show) and takes advantage of one of the major new features of MT4, the commenter authenticator framework. As a result, your readers can authenticate using the same services they can sign in to comment with. What this means is that Privacy is completely compatible with all OpenID plugins (for example the Wordpress OpenID or AIM OpenID plugins). In addition to these external commenter authenticators, Privacy allows you to require readers to enter a password or authorize Movable Type authors to read an entry (and with the Enterprise Pack, readers can even use LDAP to sign in to read a private object).

Integrated Privacy Listings

Users of the Enterprise Pack will be glad to know that Privacy works seamlessly with user groups, simply enter the group name whilst editing the Privacy configuration for an object.

So download Privacy 2.1b1 and be sure to post all your suggestions, bugs reports and thoughts to the Privacy Beta Testing forums. A word of caution, Privacy will not migrate your configurations from older versions (this includes MT Protect and Privacy 2.0).

6 Comments

salguod said:
on Sep 3, 2007 9:57 PM | Reply

Arvind, Can you elaborate on this:

In addition to these external commenter authenticators, Privacy allows you to require readers to enter a password or authorize Movable Type authors to read an entry (and with the Enterprise Pack, readers can even use LDAP to sign in to read a private object)

Does that mean that I can set a person up as an author on a blog and then give them read permissions as well? In other words, they'd only need a single login for both reading and authoring?

That would be great. I've had great difficulty with Privacy 2.0b getting non-web savvy users to wrap their mind around Typekey & then MT logins. A single, site located login would make things so much easier.

Oh, and what's LDAP?

Arvind Satyanarayan replied to salguod's comment:
on Sep 4, 2007 2:14 PM | Reply

Hi Doug,

Arvind, Can you elaborate on this:

Sure, that's just my "fancy" (apparently confusing) way of saying Privacy allows you to password protect your entries/categories/blogs.

Also, just like you can enter the usernames of people on Vox/LiveJournal/OpenID/etc. who can authenticate to read the entry/category/blog, so can you enter the MT usernames of authors.

Does that help?

Oh and LDAP is some enterprise "single-signon" application. It's only applicable for MTE (or Enterprise Pack) users!

salguod said:
on Sep 5, 2007 6:36 PM | Reply

Does that help?

Sorta. Well, not really.

It sounds like with he new Privacy & MT4 I won't need to use Typekey or some other ID system, I can use the MT usernames. So, if I want to let someone access the blog, I can set them up with an MT login (including author privileges?). They then use the same login to access the blog (through Privacy) and to post an entry, correct?

My users get confused having to get their own Typekey login to see the blog and then having another login, supplied by me, to post. A single login would be wonderful.

BTW - Typky doesn't work here. No error message, it just returns me to this page with the same "Sign in to comment on this entry, or comment anonymously." message.

MikeT said:
on Sep 10, 2007 4:21 PM | Reply

Dude, you just made my day. All I want to know is why Sixapart hasn't bought your plugin to make it a standard feature of Movable Type. That's the one thing that Movable Type has been lacking that WordPress does quite well.

MikeT said:
on Sep 11, 2007 4:07 PM | Reply

Arvind,

I filed a bug report here on your forum that you may want to look into because it's from a generic installation of Movable Type that I use. I'm willing to post whatever information you need to help you debug it.

reycorp said:
on May 7, 2008 7:50 PM | Reply

My download of the zip files did not include all of the files shown in the installation documentation. Also, after successful installation, no index templates were created.