Want to keep Joomla 3.0 development site visible only to registered users


Building a development Joomla site in Joomla 3.x.

I want to keep the content (and if possible the template) from being "visible" except for registered users.

What's the best way to do this.  

I don't want to put the site offline, but no access to anything other than perhaps a login module.


Rowby GorenAsked:
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I understand. CBSubs (Community Builder Subscriptions) is a subscription module that integrates into Joomla. You would install the module and set up the parameters for what is referred to as the "pay wall" (your access only begins if you have access with a subscription at the paywall).

There are other solutions. AkeebaBackup.com has a free one called Akeeba Subscriptions.

Basically, you tell this kind of software what you want to restrict access to.

If you are not doing a membership/subscriptions based site, you can do the same with ACL type software (Access Control Level), which in essence is limiting access based on the users level - like registered - or ones you have created - for example, bronze, silver, gold, titanium, etc.

Joomla 3.0 does have certain levels built-in (as did previous versions) and you can create your own levels to restrict access by group level.

This is a good link to see where the levels in Joomla 3.0 are edited

Are you creating this development site "live" on the web or on a localhost machine?
Are you using a content manager like CBSubs? I would put your home page with only a login module and put everything else behind the paywall.
Rowby GorenAuthor Commented:
Hi : webtechgal,

Thanks for responding.

Actually I'm using the Joomla CMS system.

Not sure how to easily and globally put everything behind a "firewall/paywall" with Joomla 3.0

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Rowby GorenAuthor Commented:
Hi  developing it on a live, public server.

I'll check out your suggestions!


OK. Good luck with your site!

Put all content to be visible to only logged users
keep the login module visible to public.
You can use 2 templates one for the login and one for the site which will be visible only if logged in.
Rowby GorenAuthor Commented:
Hi everyone.

All of your suggestions were helpful.  As it turned out I found this link in Joomla extensions.


 I am using the coming soon extension.

It's a plugin that has various parameters for access.  One parameter is a "Get" paramater. You enter a word that you would add to your blocked url.

So if I choose "soon" as my parameter, I would enter the following to get access to the site.

Example:  www.website.com?soon=1

What I like about it is there are other settings which even let you put an html page there.

So it completely blocks the site, and hides the template too.

THanks all.

I'm splitting the points.

Thanks for helping me troubleshoot this.
Rowby GorenAuthor Commented:
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