MediaWiki extensions manual
Release status: stable
Implementation Special page
Description Allows a site administrator to temporarily block various site modifications
Author(s) Eric Johnston
Chris Stafford
Jack Phoenix
Latest version 0.5.0 (2016-12-05)
MediaWiki 1.39+
Database changes No
License GNU General Public License 2.0 or later

  • $wgProtectSiteLimit
  • $wgProtectSiteDefaultTimeout
  • $wgProtectSiteExempt
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ProtectSite extension adds a new special page, Special:ProtectSite, where users with the protectsite user right can block various site modifications.

The extension will show up in the protection log (Special:Log/protect) as a protection of Special:AllPages.

When the extension is enabled, it will override the default settings that may already be defined for the timeout period specified.

Installation edit

  • Download and place the file(s) in a directory called ProtectSite in your extensions/ folder.
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php file:
    wfLoadExtension( 'ProtectSite' );
  •   Done – Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.

User rights edit

By default the bureaucrat group has the protectsite right, which is required to access the special page.

Parameters edit

  • $wgProtectSiteLimit — maximum time allowed for protection of the site
  • $wgProtectSiteDefaultTimeout — default timeout, 1 hour by default
  • $wgProtectSiteExempt — array of non-sysop user groups to be not affected by rights changes