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Question re: private community with non-wordpress users

  1. I've got a question about setting up a private blog as a sort of online portal for a community group. I'd like to have subscribers, authors and administrators with varying degrees of access to read / access to contribute content. I don't want to force the subscribers to get a wordpress account.

    Is it possible to set up a private blog with password log in so only invited users can access content, without creating a wordpress account for the users?

    Thanks!

  2. I don't want to force the subscribers to get a wordpress account.

    If you’d like to invite others to publish posts or help approve comments on your blog, you can invite them to be a Contributor, Editor, or Author. However read this section please http://en.support.wordpress.com/adding-users/
    They will need to click the “Accept Invitation” button in the invitation email. If they are logged into their WordPress.com account, they will be taken directly to your blog. If not, they will be taken to the log-in screen, where they can either log in or create a new user account.

  3. Have you read the differences between free hosted wordpress.com blogs and wordpress.org installs for self-hosting? http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  4. If they are logged into their WordPress.com account, they will be taken directly to your blog. If not, they will be taken to the log-in screen, where they can either log in or create a new user account.

    Ah thank you for the links to the articles. Basically I would anticipate this being a community for upwards of 100 people ranging in age from teens to seniors. Anticipating problems with community adoption, I want to ensure the access process is as simple as possible: I forsee asking a large percentage of the community to join wordpress as a barrier to adoption.

    Yes, I'm aware of the difference between .com and .org. ATM I'm testing on .com, but by year end hope to integrate this project into an existing blog through .org

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