Hidden maps provide basic "only with link" access control to maps by obfuscating the URL and ensuring search engines do not index the map.
Maps can be hidden from public view by setting the Map Access to Hidden. This changes the map’s unique URL to a 128-bit 32 character MD5 hash, instead of the standard map URL.
Anyone with the link can view a hidden map, no password needed.
A standard map URL
A hidden map URL
Hidden maps are not indexed by search engines, do not appear on your public map portal, and hidden map URLs are never published by Mango.
Setting a map to Hidden
To set your map to Hidden, open the ACCESS panel from your Map Editor sidebar.
On the tab “Who can access this map”, select Hidden Map, and click Save.
Regenerating a Hidden map URL hash
If you have a previously published hidden map, and wish to refresh the privacy by creating a new 128 bit hash, open the ACCESS panel, click on the cog icon on the Hidden map row, and click the “Regenerate Hidden URL” button.
This generates a new 128-bit 32 character hash, and the map’s short URL is also updated. The old hashed URL and short URL will no longer work.
Removing the Hidden Map hash
To remove the hash and make the map public again, simply return to the ACCESS panel and choose a different access option. The hash will be removed and your map will now follow the new Access rule.
Links, Permalinks, and short URLs
If you change a map to Hidden, any existing links, permalinks and short URLs you might be using will no longer redirect to the map. Please update your webpages and users with the new map URL after setting a map to Hidden.