Tip of the Week #12: Identities, part II

27 Mar

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I’m a little bit late with this post, but should be back on track this week. Last time, we discussed how to create a PBwiki Identity. Now, we’re gonna take a look at how to best use Identities for two aspects of wiki management, handling multiple wikis with one account and controlling access to a wiki on a per-user basis.

Multiple Wikis

Once you’ve logged in to your Identity at http://my.pbworks.com, you should see a menu that looks something like this:

Profile Settings | Wikis you participate in | Logout |

Click on the “Wikis you participate in” tab and it’ll take you to a new page. Here, you can pretty easily follow the directions to enter the name of a wiki (if my wiki is http://vietmusic.pbworks.com then my wiki’s name is vietmusic) and the wiki’s password. Here, you should realize that the password you set for your Identity is not automatically the same as the wiki password.

Once you enter the wiki name and password and click “Join wiki,” that wiki is added to the list of wikis to which you are a member. If you access any of those wikis while logged in from your Identity, you will automatically be logged in to those as well. That’s very useful if you, like me, have access to over a dozen different wikis and don’t want to keep track of all their passwords.

In fact, if you’re a wiki owner and you want to invite someone to your wiki without giving them a password at all, you can do that too! That’s our second part:

Managing a wiki with multiple users

Let’s say you have a wiki at http://supahcooldude.pbworks.com (not a real wiki). You can click Settings in the upper right hand corner of your wiki and go to the Settings page. From there, look under “Access Controls” and click Users. Then you can insert an email address and invite people to your wiki.

They’ll be sent instructions on how to add themselves to your wiki, and they’ll make an Identity if they don’t have one already (registered with that e-mail address).

If you have a free wiki, then everybody will be added at the same level, which means that any given person can kick anyone else off, so make note of that. If you have a premium wiki, the access levels allow only higher level folks to invite/kick lower-level users. That’s really useful and is a much better model than trying to distribute the different passwords. It also lets people begin to explore other wikis (which admittedly is good for PBwiki), but also good for you as people become more familiar with wiki environment in general.

Conclusion

So that’s all I have to say about PBwiki Identities. I don’t have my next entry planned yet, so it’ll have to be a surprise.

As always, e-mail me at dochuyen84@gmail.com for questions and comments!

Click here to see all my past tips.

Jason Nguyen

One Response to “Tip of the Week #12: Identities, part II”

  1. Harry Hafele October 28, 2007 at 4:45 pm #

    OK. You created a wiki and upgraded it to a premium account and invited people to join your wiki using the users method when you discover that one of them is not someone that you want to have access to your wiki. How do you get rid of them.

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