Can't get my privacy settings right
I am building a private forum.
- I want to add people manually so that only they can see the forum.
- Unfortunately, a non-registered visitor can see the frame of the forum (no topics) and the members!
- I created a test user, but this account cannot see any topics or headers, but can see members.
- The test user is a subscriber - and all of the access boxes are checked.
What am I doing wrong? Do you have the ability to assist newbies like me in a support call?
Please note that WP User Roles like subscriber, contributes, author, editor, etc don't have any affection in forum accesses. They are not used in the forum. They are synced with forum Usergroups. And forum Usergroups are used to get different accesses to different forums. Please follow the steps below to see wpForo Usergroups and Forum Accesses...
Step 1: Understand that in the forum there are no Roles like Subscriber or so. wpForo has Usergroups for this purpose. And each Usergroup is synced with WP User Roles. For example, Subscribers are the same users with Registered Usergroup. The Registered Usergroup is the same Subscriber User Role. You can see that they are synced together in Forums > Usergroups admin page. So saying Subscriber Role you should understand Registered Usergroup in wpForo Forum.
Step 2: wpForo forums have permission settings in Edit Forum screen. Edit the forum and use these settings to control Usergroup accesses and privileges in that forum. Each Usergroup has some Forum Access set in each forum. For example, The Registered Usergroup ( Subscriber User Role) has Standard Forum Access by default in all forums. You just need to set Read Only forum access for Registered usergroup that forum. Then navigate to Dashboard > Forums > Dashboard and click on [Delete all caches] button.
Step 3: Understand the Forum Accesses. Forum Accesses are set of forum permissions. For example, you just selected "Read Only" access for Registered usergroup. You can find all permissions of Read Only access in Dashboard > Settings > Forum Access > Read Only (edit) screen. You can see that "Can create topic" and "Can post reply" permissions are disabled for this forum access. So your users with Registered Usergroup (Subscribers) will not be able to post create a topic or reply in that forum.
Step 4: Secondary Usergroups have the same power as the Primary Usergroup. It allows setting multiple Usergroups to the same user. For example, if Usergroup A has access to Forum Aand Usergroup B has access to Forum B and you want User AB to have accesses to both Forum A and B you should set User AB primary Usergroup A and Secondary Usergroup B or vice versa.
I will review this tonight and try to adjust. If by some chance I'm still having trouble, do you offer individual help?