Customizing Personal Sites

By default, newly created users are granted a personal Site.

  • Users function as Site administrators of their personal Sites.

  • Personal Sites are fully customizable but cannot have more than one member.

  • Users can have publicly available content on their Site’s Public Pages. This is often used for a user blog.

  • Users can also have Private Pages where they can keep personal information or use Documents and Media to have their own private file repositories.

You can disable personal Sites by adding the following properties to your file:


If you initially had user personal Sites enabled for your instance but then disabled them, existing personal Sites remain on your Liferay instance until the next time users log in, at which point they’re removed.

You can allow users to create personal Sites but not have them automatically created for new users. To do this, add the following properties to your file:

If the properties layout.user.public.layouts.enabled, layout.user.private.layouts.enabled,, and are all set to true, which is the default, users have personal Sites and public and private pages are created automatically for new users.

There are a number of portal properties you can use to customize the automatically created pages. You can customize the names of the default pages, the applications that appear on the pages, the themes and layout templates of the default pages, and more. Please refer to the Default User Public Layouts and Default User Private Layouts sections of the file for details.

Great! Now you know how to customize a personal site!

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