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WiscWeb - WordPress UW Theme - Creating Manifest Groups

This document will walk you through the process of building and populating Manifest Groups for managing users on login-protected WiscWeb websites and pages. Because Manifest requires someone to manage the account, it should only be considered for content and resources that need to be restricted from public access. Examples would include departmental resources that should not be seen by non-department members, staff contact information that cannot be public, etc.

Important Update

At this time, we are not taking new requests for intranets or sites that require integration with Manifest Groups. We apologize for the inconvenience and will keep the community posted on any developments on these topics.

Step 1: Login to Manifest

Step 2: Request a New Manifest Folder

  • Instructions here:
  • Note: A submission for the folder will be sent to the Manifest Services team at DoIT. It may take up to 2 business days to hear back on this request but it usually takes mere moments.

    Step 3: Set Manifest Folder Privileges

    • Instructions here:
    • Note: You should only add those users to the Privileges tab whom you trust to have control over this folder. Do not add every member of your team unless you want them all to have the ability to modify these Manifest settings. 

      Step 4: Create a Manifest Group

      • Instructions here:
      • Please create the group with no spaces in the title. For example, instead of "My New Group," label it "mynewgroup."
      • Important: Before you select "Create Group," toggle the white "Advanced Options" button. This will open some additional settings you will need to add your group. 
      • Under Privacy Options, check the box next to "Hide this group from search results." (Leave the other box titled "This group protects restricted and/or sensitive data" unchecked). WiscWeb sites cannot house restricted or sensitive data so if this is your need, we cannot host this site for you. 
      • Under "Delivery/Connection Options," type in your SAML2 Identity ID in the following format: (example: When finished, choose the white "+Add Entity" button.
      • Do not choose to Publish to Campus Active Directory. When finished, click the red "Create Group" button.

      Step 5: Set Manifest Group Privileges

      • Instructions here:
      • Note: you should only add users to the Privileges tab whom you trust to have control over this folder. Do not add every member of your team unless you want them all to have the ability to modify these Manifest settings.
      • Please also add the WiscWeb team to your privileges. This allows us to edit as needed when troubleshooting is required. For this, simply type "wiscwebteam" into the Add group privileges field and select the group path that appears ( 

        WiscWeb Team privileges

      Step 6: Add Members to a Manifest Group

      There are two ways you can add members to your group. You can add individual members using NetIDs, you can add a large group via UDDS Code, or you could use a combination of both.

      Adding Individual Members

        • Instructions here (refer to Adding Individuals section):
        • Note: It is not recommended that you add any site administrators to this Manifest Group as it will reassign their role to "Subscriber" in WordPress every time they attempt to access the live URL. This will also happen if these users preview or View Page in WordPress. Therefore, the workaround is to not add administrators and editors as members of the Manifest Group.

      Adding Group Members with UDDS

        • In the Group, select the Members tab and click the red "+Add Members" button.
        • In the "Add Group Member" field, start typing "udds" and wait until the dropdown list of possible UDDS codes populates. Choose your UDDS code. (More information available here:
        • When finished, click on the red "Save" button.

      Step 7: Include your Manifest Group Name in Launch Request

      If you have set up a Manifest Group for your site, this will need to be applied to your project when we launch the site. When you fill out the WiscWeb Launch Request Form, please include the Manifest Group path name in your form. 

      The Group Path appears below the Group Name in Manifest:

      Shows a highlighted view of where to find the Group Path

      The Group Path can be added to the Launch Request Form (on the WiscWeb site) after you select "Yes" for the question of "Will this site need to be locked own to a Manifest Group?

      Screenshot of portion of the launch request form where the Manifest Group path could be entered

      * Campus-wide Authentication

      If your site does not need to be restricted to a specific set of campus users, but rather anyone on campus with an active NetID, this can also be done. However, we ask that you indicate this information on your Launch Request Form and the WiscWeb team will work with DoIT Shared Hosting to put this in place.

      **Known Issues

      Users have identified that intranet sites with Manifest Groups do not work well with Google Analytics. Therefore, your intranet sites may not pull data to this tool unless you remove the Manifest Group.

      See Also:

      Keywords:intranet, Manifest Group, Shibboleth, forced login   Doc ID:80473
      Owner:Jenna K.Group:WiscWeb CMS
      Created:2018-02-27 08:28 CSTUpdated:2019-09-04 06:41 CST
      Sites:DoIT Help Desk, WiscWeb CMS
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