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Restricting access to a guide by IP address

Access Rules (a CMS-only feature) allow you to limit access to your guide based on an user's IP address. An IP (or "Internet Protocol") address is a numerical label assigned to each device participating in a specific network.

  • When you add an access rule to your guide, you're stating which IP addresses are allowed to view your guide.
  • Users outside of those IP addresses attempt to view your guide, they will instead see an "Access Restricted" error page.
  • Guides protected by IP access rules will not display in public search results unless the user is within the allowed IP address range.
Important: Make sure the first rule you add includes your own IP address -- otherwise, you'll lock yourself out of your own guide! (Don't worry, though: an Admin can actually remove the rule by going to Admin > System Settings > Access Rules.)  :)

Adding access rules

  1. Edit your guide and click on the Edit Guide button (it will reflect the current status of your guide).
  2. Select Access Controls from the dropdown.
  3. In the Access Restrictions window, go to the Access Rules tab.
  4. Click the Add Rule button.
  5. You can enter either a range of IP addresses, or a single IP address.
    • If you want to use a single IP address, put the same IP in the starting & ending fields.
    • Otherwise, enter a starting and ending IP address to cover a range of addresses.
  6. In the Note field, include some information that helps you figure out what the IP rule does (e.g. "on-campus IP range" or "Anna @ Springshare").
  7. Click Save.

Managing access rules

  1. To edit an access rule, just click on the edit () icon in the Action column.
  2. To delete an access rule, click on the delete () icon in the Action column.

Selecting Access Controls from the Edit Guide dropdown

Clicking the Add Rule button

Adding a new access rule

Options to edit or delete an access rule

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