Shield General settings section is the most important part of the Shield - it contains options for the basic plugin settings.

The options available are as follows:

  • Plugin Defaults
  • General Plugin Options
  • Import/Export
  • Google
  • Global Security Plugin Disable

Please note that Shield guided walk-through wizards are now available within Shield General section. More information on this can be found here.

Shield General options explanations

Option: Plugin Defaults

This option contains important default settings used through the plugin. Those are the following:

  • IP Source - Is a method of retrieving the user/visitor IP address. There are several methods:
    • Automatically detect visitor IP
    • REMOTE_ADDR - (recommended)

Note: If you don't know what your particular IP address is, please see here:

For better understanding the Shield plugin and the Visitor IP address detection, read the article here.

  • Report Email  - Enter where you want Shield to send email reports
  • XML-RPC Compatibility - Enable this if you need XML-RPC functionality to by-pass login protection rules. Please read the article here.

Option: General Plugin Options

The options available are as follows:

  • Enable Information Gathering Module - Allows us to gather some information around your use of the plugin. Please read the blog article here.
  • In-Plugin Notices - If you want plugin specific notices to be displayed, use this option
  • Show Plugin Badge - Display plugin badge on your site. Please read the article here.
  • Delete Plugin Settings - Removes all plugin options when you deactivate the plugin. If this option is disabled, all plugin settings will remain.

Option: Import/Export

This feature helps you to automatically import options and deploy configurations across your entire security network. To find out how this feature works, read the article here.

Note: Import/Export feature is available with Shield Pro only. To find out what the extra features for Shield Pro are, read the article here.

Option: Google

If you want to set up Google reCAPTCHA for use across Shield, enter your "site" and "secret" keys.
Please see here on how to do that.

You can also choose your own reCAPTCHA style (including new "Invisible reCAPTCHA"). Read more on this here.

Note: This option is available with Shield Pro only. To find out what the extra features for Shield Pro are, read the article here.

Option: Global Plugin Security Disable

You can use this option to completely enable or disable Shield plugin and all its modules.