About the Esoteric Settings Plugin

The Esoteric Settings plugin allows access to manila settings that are not normally availiable to the editor over the web. (But are still safe to privide for hosting providers). Download from updates.wiredfool.com: .root or .sit. the plugin allows you to edit the following settings over the web.

Allows you to set your site to require membership to view anything in the site. This also sets the “disable membership” setting, since that setting allows people to sign up for your site, defeating the purpose of requiring everything to be members only. The editor can still add members on the admin page.

When setting a site back to open access, it does not reset the “disable membership” setting.

Index Discussion Group Messages allows you to index all of the messages in the discussion group, instead of just the stories, and home pages.
Index Now kicks off an indexing run over the whole site. This is not exactly nice to either the hosting or search engine server, so use it with care.

Allows you to turn off either rss or the scriptingNews2 feed individually. I’m not sure why you’d want to turn off the scriptingNews2 feed, since it accurately portrays the front page of your site. The RSS feed is less accurate if you’re not using the news item home page feature.

Signup Questions:
Allows you to edit the signup questions on your site. Be somewhat careful and don’t remove the password, email, or name fields, as I’m not sure what that will do to manila.
There’s also a button that restores you to the default signup wizard.

Fine Print:
There are no rpc handlers or macros associated with this plugin. It was written using the prefs suite wizard framework for the user interface. The basic structure was created with the plugin factory. See the updates page for information on updates. This plugin is copyright © Eric Soroos, 2001 and released for use under the Gnu Public License. Released with the permission of Socialecology Inc.


5 Comments so far

  1. Commenter March 2nd, 2001 7:10 pm


    This plugin is great. Finally an easy way to control access to a site easily without having to dable in security scripts, and to customize the signup wizard. I swear I have looked for those questions and never did figure out where they lived.



  2. Commenter April 5th, 2001 4:53 am

    I was in email contact with you (Eric) a little while ago about getting the esotericSettings plugin working on my server. Eventually, I did (which is great!), but there was a problem with 2 titles showing up on each page in the plugin settings. While developing a plugin of my own, I found the answer to this. In your websiteFragment.default script, you have:


    If you change that to:

    return (prefsSuite.browser(flIncludeTitle:false))

    The second title goes away.

    Hope this helps.

  3. Commenter April 5th, 2001 1:01 pm

    I’m having a problem with the Signup Questions section. If I just bring up the esoteric settings plugin and go to the signup questions page and hit the “restore defaults” button, from that point on, my signup page is completely messed up. It took me a while to find, but the default signupWizard that gets put into my website doesn’t have all the membership questions in it.

    Am I doing something wrong?

  4. Commenter April 5th, 2001 1:10 pm

    It took me a while to find, but the default signupWizard that gets put into my website doesn’t have all the membership questions in it.

    The after restoring to the default, the outline that you see should end up similar to the outline at manilaData.localization.languages.english.wizards.signup

    What questions are you actually getting in your outline?

  5. Commenter July 1st, 2001 7:26 am

    I also screwed up my default sign up wizard. How do I restore it to the original? Where do I find the manilaData.localization.languages.english.wizards.signup? In administrator somewhere? Please respond via email alex@ebugz.com

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