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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.


  • Download and move the extracted ProtectSite folder to your extensions/ directory.
    Developers and code contributors should install the extension from Git instead, using:cd extensions/
    git clone https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/mediawiki/extensions/ProtectSite
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php file:
    wfLoadExtension( 'ProtectSite' );
  • Yes 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.


  • $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