Post # 1
I’ve built our super fabulous wedding website with Google Sites. I’m THRILLED with the end result but there isn’t a way to easily password protect the site while still making it accessible to our guests. I don’t know what to do. I’m kind of freaked out by the idea that anyone could access our wedding information. Specifically, FI’s exwife once contacted me (quite a while ago & hasn’t done it since) and scared the bejabers out of me. It is unlikely she’d do anything crazy (or even know about the wedding OR website), but the part of me that watches too much Dateline is uncomfortable with the idea that she could theoretically access the site. The slightly-more-rational part of me worries that we’re telling bad guys everywhere that we and all of our friends & family will be at our wedding while our homes full of jewelry and flat screen tvs are unattended.
I’ve taken the following steps to (attempt) to protect our privacy/security:
- No use of last names
- Dummy email address set up for the purpose of the website (doesn’t matter if spammers find them)
- No listing of phone numbers or addresses
- RSVP section (hosted through weddingwire) IS password protected, meaning general public can’t access the guest list
We still have the time, date, and location on the site. I had originally planned to include our honeymoon information, but am now thinking I should remove that as well.
Have I taken enough steps to protect our privacy/security and that of our guests? Should I scrap the whole Google Site thing and pay someone for an inferior (but password protected!) website? Am I being overly paranoid?
Post # 3
We did ours through Nearlyweds and we had the options of searchable by Google, not searchable by Google and password-protected. We went with not searchable because we were worried it would be a hassle for our guests to deal with a password and a site address. We only got ours set up about 4 months before the wedding and we will take it down probably within a month after the wedding. Ours does not publish the guest list, however.
What does bug me are things like Registry360 and Amazing Registry and other sites like these that collated all the information from retailers’ registries and combine it all on one page “for convenience”. These are accessible via Google search and open to the public (and depending on the retailer, includes your WD and location). Luckily, I only registered at two places so I contacted those places and had my information taken down. I think they never go down on their own even after an event is over because I’ve searched for past weddings we’ve been to and theirs are still up.
Post # 4
I’m really paranoid about people accessing info about me online, but I voted to keep the website. If you aren’t using last names and all of the RSVPing is done in a confidential way, I don’t think it’ll be a problem.
Post # 5
If it were me, I’d scrap the site and go with something password protected but then again, I’m a stickler for security when it comes to this stuff. I’ve heard too many stories.
Post # 6
I would choose something password protected. This could just be me being paranoid, but if non-guests find it and use your hotel block just to get discounts that would stink. So would someone seeing your reception site and looting all the gifts.
Post # 7
I voted for password protected. As a web designer, I’m curious as to why you think a password protected site would be inferior? If you want to, you could easily set up a website yourself by purchasing the domain and using the exact code you used for the google site.
Post # 8
@Sutaru: Because I’m not tech savvy enough to do that. The reason I used Google Sites in the first place was so I wouldn’t have to write any code. By “inferior password protected sites” I was sites like nearlyweds, weddingwire, etc.
Post # 9
Thanks for the feedback everyone
Post # 10
I’ve been wondering the same thing; in a few months we will be sending out save the dates, and will be including our wedding website on those. I think we will be changing our wedding website before that so it will be password protected. If you want a nice password protected wedding website try weddingwindow.com its really nice, I like it (its the one we are changing to).