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
- Edit your guide and click on the Edit Guide button (it will reflect the current status of your guide).
- Select Access Controls from the dropdown.
- In the Access Restrictions window, go to the Access Rules tab.
- Click the Add Rule button.
- 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.
- 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").
- Click Save.
Managing access rules
- To edit an access rule, just click on the edit () icon in the Action column.
- To delete an access rule, click on the delete () icon in the Action column.