I’m noticing that the default menu on sites associated with OpenLab groups includes navigation back to the group page within OpenLab. I’ve attached a photo of what this default navigation looks like.
It will be rare, but if a member of the public finds this public website and clicks on that site, they are given a “page not found” message (see attached).
Does anyone have suggestions on managing this? One way to handle it could be to direct users who plan to have public sites with hidden OpenLab groups to somehow remove that element in the menu, but it seems unlikely that users will do that (and it eliminates the chance that the member of the public will see the larger OpenLab platform that make the website possible).
Another solution could be adjusting the language that displays when this situation occurs. Instead of “Page Not Found,” perhaps it could say something else? I guess if a group is hidden, you don’t really want to acknowledge its existence by default. Is this something I can change as a site admin? Do you have suggestions on better language?
I’ll share that I discovered this issue when I invited a faculty member to join a hidden group and shared the public website associated with the group. Following the link I shared with her, she could see the website, but didn’t yet have the permissions she would need to see the group, which created just a little bit of confusion (confirmation emails are getting caught in our university’s email quarantine system)
The nuanced privacy settings on OpenLab are one of its most amazing features, so this is a very small hiccup in the grand scheme of things! Just wanted to share in hopes we can find an elegant solution.
Thanks for bringing up this question! It is a rare combination of privacy settings, but I can see why it could cause confusion with sites attached to a hidden group.
I’ll check in with the rest of the team about this and your other question and get back to you shortly.
My apologies for the delay in getting back to you about this!
We’re able to put in a fix in the upcoming release at the end of August that will hide the Group Home link in the site nav when the group is hidden and the current user doesn’t have the ability to view it.
In the meantime, if you wanted to implement a fix before late August, our developer wrote a quick plugin that you can add to to the wp-content/mu-plugins directory:
Wow–thanks very much! Fantastic that it’s folded into the upcoming release.
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