MediaWiki extensions manual - list

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
Last version 0.3.4
MediaWiki 1.17+
Database changes<abbr/> no
License GNU General Public License 2.0 or later


Added rights


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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.

When the ProtectSite extension is used, it will show up in the protection log (Special:Log/protect) as a protection of Special:AllPages.


  1. Download the source code and place the files into $IP/extensions/ProtectSite/
  2. Add the line
    into the wiki's LocalSettings.php
  3. Installation can now be verified through the wiki's Special:Version

User rightsEdit

By default, bureaucrat and staff groups have the protectsite right, which is required to access the special page.


  • $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 effected by rights changes

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