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Can I create a private or internal-only knowledge base?

Yes! See below for the various options and how to get started with a private knowledge base.

Site-level Privacy / Permission Options:

We offer 5 different privacy settings available for each HelpSite-powered KB.

1. Public

By default HelpSite helps you create a public facing help site and knowledge base of FAQs for your users or customers. Just like this one that you're currently reading. Your site will be indexed by search engines. 

This is option is available on all our plans, including the Free plan. Just sign up to get started.

2. Public but restricted from search engines

Alternatively, we have an option that tells search engines like Google and others that they cannot index your help site. 

This is option is available on all our plans, including the Free plan. To enable this for your site, just sign up and then head to Customize > Privacy.

3. Visible to invited users only

This option makes your help site totally invisible from the public and requires each user to be invited and logged in to be able to access your private knowledge base. You can invite each user by email and specify which users should have access to edit your articles or be read-only to only view the articles (learn more about user permissions and roles). With this setting, each user gets an invitation by email and registers their own password, and can be removed at any time by an Admin if their permission should be revoked. 

This is option is available on our Gold plan or higher under Customize > Privacy.

4. Private via shared password (or secret link)

We offer an option to restrict your site behind a shared password. This provides a quick way to give your visitors a way to access private articles without having to have their own unique user account. Users can either enter a password directly on your help site URL, or you can create a secret link to your help site from another system (e.g. from your web app or intranet) so that users don't even need to know what the password is. 

To link your users directly to your shared-password-protected helpsite, just append ?pw=<your_shared_password> to your help site's URL. This will set a temporary cookie for your users, giving them access to your otherwise private site. This password can be changed at any time, locking out previously authorized users. You can also use an iframe to embed instead.

This is option is available on our Gold plan or higher under Customize > Privacy.

5. Private via JWT cookie (or JWT secret link) for SSO

This JWT authentication method requires a bit of coding on your site, however it provides better security than the "shared password" approach since each user is authenticated with a unique individual token that can also expire as quickly as you'd like. This acts as a form of Single Sign On (SSO) when you already have an existing authentication method for your website.

The JWT token that your website generates can be passed to HelpSite via query string in a link or by setting the value in a cookie.

Read the documentation for private site authentication via JWT (JSON Web Token).

This is option is available on our Gold plan or higher under Customize > Privacy.

6. Private via Single Sign On (SSO), Google Apps Login, Okta, SAML 2.0, etc.

We are also exploring alternative authentication options like Single Sign On (SSO), Google Apps Login, Okta, OneLogin, Azure AD, Microsoft AD, SAML 2.0, etc. If you're interested in one of these, email with details of how you'd like this to work.

Let us know if you have any questions. Reach out via our contact form or by emailing

Article-Level Visibility Options

In addition to our site-level permission options (described above), we also offer article-level permission options so you have control over which articles are visible to which users. This feature allows you to choose specific articles that should only be visible to logged-in users, enabling you to have a single help site where most articles are visible to the public (or whoever has your shared password or secret link), and another set of articles visible only to logged-in users.

Learn more about article permissions.