Can I password protect a document in a topic post? Or the topic post itself?
I'm new to WPForo. I created a category for class documents. Then I created a forum for each specific handout, in which I will just have one or more posts with the associated document (uploaded as PDF attachment).
I want to password protect the topic so people can't access it, or the document, until I give them the password.
How would I do that? Is there some documentation I missed about how to do this?
You should do that using wpForo Forum Access and Usergroup Permission system. Your forum structure should be like this:
== Step 1 ==
Category (public forums)
-- Forum Class 1 (public topics)
-- -- subForum 1 For Protected Topics (with PDF files)
-- Forum Class 2 (public topics)
-- -- subForum 2 For Protected Topics (with PDF files)
== Step 2 ==
Then create a Usergroup for People who will be allowed to see Topics of Protected subForums.
Navigate to Dashboard > Forums > Usergroup admin page, click on [Add New] button. And create a new Usergroup Similar to the Regsitered usergroup, call it e.g. Advanced Users.
== Step 3 ==
Edit the subForum 1 For Protected Topics and subForum 2 For Protected Topics .... and set these permissions:
== Granting Access to Protected Topics ==
Now all users will only access to public forums Forum Class 1 and Forum Class 2 .... If you want to create a Protected Topic with PDF file you should create it in Protected subForums. People will not have access to these subForums. If you want to some user see the Protected Topics, you should edit that user and change wpForo Usergroup from Registered to Advanced Users. You can do this in Dashboard > Users admin page or directly on forum front User Profile > Account page.
Once usergroup is changed this user will be able to access to Protected subForums with Topics. You don't need provide any password. wpForo doesn't have password protected content feature.