Global Site Settings

The Settings menu link in the Control Panel offers a variety of options for configuring your site apps, including Global Settings options:

Control panel settings area

Global Settings

Google Analytics

Track your site's traffic with Google Analytics by entering your Google Analytics account ID. The analytics data is automatically transferred to Google Analytics for all content pages on your site. *You must have Google Analytics account. If you do not have a Google Analytics account, learn how to create one.  

google analytics settings


Long List Display

You can opt to have lengthy content continue to load content ("Infinite scrolling") or opt to have your site visitor page through the content ("Pagination").

long list display settings


Mailing List

The Mailing List Setting is related to the Mailing List Widget available. You must first add the Mailchimp API key in your Settings (see image below) to utilize the Mailing List Widget

The Mailing List Widget provides a newsletter sign-up form on your website. 

Mailing List Settings


Privacy Policy

Add a link to the privacy policy on your website, so it will show up in your website footer. Learn more about creating a privacy policy.

By making your site private you can prevent anonymous viewers who don't have an OpenScholar account from seeing your content. Additionally you can control whether your posts will be shown in other user's news feeds.

privacy policy settings


Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Along with your Site title, adding a Meta description will help search engines index your site. Additionally, here you can upload a favicon and publication related urls.

seo settings

Read more about search engine optimization on your OpenScholar sites.


Site Visibility

Choose the site access and visibility level. The options are:

Public on the web  - Anyone on the Internet can find and access the site. No sign-in is required to view the site content. (although files can be PIN protected). Search engines, such as Google, will index the site and search engine optimization (SEO) will be enabled.

Anyone with the link - Anyone with the link can access the site. No sign-in is required to view the site content. However the search engines, such as Google, Bing, etc. will not index the site pages. If you plan to use a custom domain for your site, it is important to prevent search engines from indexing the site's default OpenScholar URLs.

Invite only during site creation -  Private during construction, only people with explicit granted permission can access this site. Sign-in is required. In other words, for someone to access the site, the site administrators would need to add or create each OpenScholar account as a member of the site.

Harvard Community - Only the Harvard Community will be able to access your site. Sign-in via Harvard ID and PIN  is required. This will restrict access to the site to anyone with a standard Harvard ID (Harvard faculty, students and staff).

NOTE: You can change your Site Visibility at any time

site visibility settings



social settings


You can opt to display the term that the post is tag with under the content on the page.

taxonomy settings


URL Redirects

You can set up redirects for individual URLs on your site. Click on the "+Add new redirect" link to create a redirect.

url redirects settings

Here is an example redirect:

Site Settings Redirect Example

NOTE: If you are setting a redirect of a page url from your site to an external page (a page NOT on your site), this page has to be deleted from the site for the redirect to work.


Subsite Themes

You can set any subsites you create to inherit the same theme that the parent site has.

subsite theme setting


Updated: 13Feb17