How to Block a User from Seeing Your phpFox Website When it is in Offline Mode

This article will show you how to block a user group and its members from being able to access your phpFox website when you have it set to Offline Mode.

When performing an upgrade for your phpFox website, it is good practice to set your site to Offline Mode so that your members will not be able to make updates to the site after you have backed up your database and files.

In order to block access you will need to edit the user group settings for each user group that you want to block access for.

Login to your admincp and select Users > Manage User Groups.


Select the down arrow to the left of the user group you want to edit, for this example we will use the Registered User group.  Select Manage User Settings.managereg

On the Manage User Settings screen, click the Core settings in the left column.


The core settings for the Registered User group will show up in the right column.  Scroll down to find the Can view the site even when it’s set to offline? setting, and set this to No.  Click Save.


Repeat these steps for each user group that you want to block access to your phpFox website when you have it set to offline mode.

Congratulations, you should now be able to block your user groups from viewing your website when it is offline.

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Stephanie Brown

I am a web and graphic designer with 10+ years experience in website design and development, as well as website hosting. I have been working with the phpFox networking script for 3+ years. In those 3 years I have assisted clients with template/style customization and design, addon development, and general phpFox site maintenance. Outside of the internet, I am a mother of 2 young children, caretaker of 1 old english bulldog, 4 persian cats, and 1 baby black rat snake that decided to slither into our kitchen one day.

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