When you switch to Planet 4, you’ll need to make some modifications in Planet 4 Settings Panel to ensure proper functionality. This section tells you what each setting does.

General Settings (Title, Date, Admin)

Dashboard > Settings > General

Give your site a title and a tagline, you can’t edit URL and Site addresses, but you can insert the admin email address, and decide if anyone can register and in which default role

Setting up P4 general settings, incl. site title, tagline admin email and default membership

Please remember to change the site email address to a contact address/webmaster from your office

Language, Date and Time

As an Admin, you will be able to set date and time, and check the default language. Need to translate P4? Check this page. 

Setting up language, date & time in P4 > Settings > General

IMPORTANT >> Make sure you change the admin email address of your production site to a contact email/web master email from your office.

Reading Settings (homepage, indexing)

Dashboard > Settings > Reading

The “Reading” settings tell browsers and search engines how to “Read” the website. From here, you can determine which page will be the Homepage and if the site will be indexed by search engines or not.

KEY INFO >> If the “Search Engine Visibility” box is ticked, search engines will exclude your Planet 4 site from search results

Setting up P4 > Reading settings, including commands to set up which page will be the Home and if the site will be indexed by search engines or not.

Discussion Settings (Comments)

Dashboard > Settings > Discussion

Enable or Disable comments on posts by ticking the following checkbox:

KEY INFO >> Changing this setting will only affect newly created posts, not existing ones. See below to find how to disable comments on existing posts.

Disable comments on existing posts

Posts > All Posts

To remove comments from all of your existing posts, you have to do it through a bulk edit from the Posts overview.

The bulk edit only applies to the posts selected, so it will only affect the posts shown on the page. To avoid having to do this many times, change the Number of Items from the Screen Options panel on top and Apply changes.

Then select all the posts and on Bulk Actions select Edit and click on Apply.

Then a panel with options to edit is shown and you’ll see there is a Comments field. Here you select the option to not allow comments and Update changes.

Allow comments on existing posts

Same steps as for the previous action, you just need to select the Allow option.

Watch the video below.

Re-attribute comments to another user


  1. submit a comment being LOGGED OUT of Planet4
  2. login to P4
  3. go to the Comments section in the back end
  4. look for the comment you want to change the author name and click on Edit or Quick edit
  5. change the name and then click Update comment
  6. check if the name is both changed in the back end and front end.

Watch the video below.

Planet 4 settings

The Planet 4 settings control all commands related to the specific connections of P4 with external services and are accessible from a menu item on the sidebar menu.

KEY INFO >> Only P4 Administrators can access the Planet 4 settings.

Main P4 Navigation (Title, Act, Explore)

Dashboard > Planet 4 > Navigation

Website Navigation Title (1)

Each install of Planet 4 has a drop down menu that allows our supporters to navigate to other Greenpeace sites. Put your site name into this box to let the user know which site they are currently on. The country menu below will always remain the same.

Act and Explore Pages (2)

The main functionality for the platform is built into blocks, which should be able to go to any page and still work properly.  However, design and functionality on blocks on certain pages (ACT and EXPLORE pages) needed to be different. For example, we need to know which pages are subpages of the “ACT”, in order to consider them as “Take Action” and apply the appropriate styles.

Additionally, Planet 4 needs to work in multiple languages. Because the “ACT” page will have a different name in each language, an admin needs to tell Planet 4 which page to look at. This setting defines which page is the parent of all “Take Action” pages.

This is similar for the Explore and Issues pages. These settings help the platform deliver the proper functionality at the proper time.

KEY INFO >> To determine “ACT” and “EXPLORE” is fundamental to unlock a series of functionalities developed for P4, such as “Take Action” or “Issue” pages, which must have “ACT” and “EXPLORE” as parenting pages, respectively. More on Navigation & Main Pages

Donate button

Dashboard > Planet 4 > Donate Button

Donate Button and link to the donation page

The “Donate” button text in the P4 Settings and how it will be rendered in Frontend

Defaults Content

Dashboard > Planet 4 > Defaults Content

POSTS – Default title, button title, and Number of Related Articles

Take Action Covers default button text


Dashboard > Planet 4 > Cookies Text

The “Enforce Cookies Policy” setting is related to the Cookies block, and complement the functionality.  

The cookies setting menu

Please make sure to check the Block: Cookies page to fully understand how P4 deals with consent


Dashboard > Planet 4 > Copyright

Copyright text Line 1 and Copyright text Line 2 (3 and 4)

Generic Copyright usage (see “legal checks” for more info), which state the usage of your P4 site. Below the text used for the International site:

This text appears below the Footer, here’s what it looks like in the front end of the International site (yes, on 4 the year gets automatically updated!)

Social (Facebook and other domains)

Dashboard > Planet 4 > Social

Connection to FB articles must be done both in Planet 4 Settings and in FB Publishing Tools

404 page

Dashboard > Planet 4 > 404 Page

404 background image and 404 page text

The 404 error page gets set up in the P4 settings menu. Here’s what it looks like on the International site – https://www.greenpeace.org/international/ciao-I-am-a-404/


If you want to disable theme style of the campaign pages when importing a campaign, you have one more setting to check.

KEY INFO – This is extremely useful for NROs using child themes, since campaign styles are incompatible with those.

From the menu on the left, go to Settings -> Planet 4 and at the end of the page there is the Exclude campaign styles when importing is ticked.

KEY INFO – If you want to change this setting, make sure you are in contact with the admin of your site.


Dashboard > Planet 4 > Analytics

Google Tag Manager Container, Optimise, Smartsheet ID (5, 6,7)


Under the Features section, you can find the option to activate the Image Archive Integration. The default is not ticked.

The moment you select this option the page will refresh automatically and the GPI Image Archive button will show up on the left menu under the Dashboard section.

GPI Media Library

Dashboard > Planet 4 > GPI MediaLibrary

Our in-house plugin allows the P4 connection with the Greenpeace Media Library. When you receive both Staging and PRODUCTION sites, the plugin is already configured and working with standard API credentials. Should you need to change those with a personal one, please contact the Greenpeace media library administrators.The Media Library grants image access to Greenpeace staff based on the following guidelines:

KEY INFO ->  Your Planet 4 website is already connected to the Media Library account API. If you need to replace the existing default account, contact the Greenpeace Media Library administrators and ask them to give API access to your account.

  1. All content is protected by copyright and must be credited
  2. The user agrees that the content of a photograph will NOT be changed or manipulated in any way
  3. The user may receive links to 2500 pixel still images and broadcast resolution video media releases for a 14 day period from initial release (30 days for video). As an authorized representative, users are allowed to grant usage directly related to Greenpeace campaigns on the following basis: no resale, no archives, editorial use only, not for marketing or advertising campaigns, credit line compulsory.
  4. The user agrees that photos higher than 800 pixel will not be posted on any external website without library permission
  5. The user agrees to read and respect any additional restrictions displayed with an image.

💡 TIP! Do you need to learn how to insert images from the media library to your P4 pages? Check images & videos > Use images from the GP Media library

Turn on the Greenpeace Image Archive Feature

Dashboard -> Plane 4 -> Features

To avoid confusion with the WordPress media library, we decided to give the integration a new name, “Greenpeace Image Archive“.

For this we’re trying out the “feature toggle” approach. This means that we deploy the code to production at an early stage, but hide the feature with a settings toggle that is off by default, until we have made the needed iterations to make it fully production ready.

We don’t recommend already turning the new media library on in production yet. But you can have a look on your develop or staging site. Watch the GIF below to check how you can turn this option on.

Animated GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

Anti-Spam (Akismet)

Dashboard > Plugins > Akismet

Activate the Akismet account (WordPress Spam blocker)

To ensure the minimum standards to block spam, each Planet 4 site has an Akismet subscription assigned to it.  The P4 project has an enterprise subscription to Akismet, covering the planet4 website. When new sites are deployed, the Akismet should already be configured. If for any reason yours isn’t please contact the P4 Team.

How to activate the Akismet account

NOTE >> you can get your Planet 4 API Key at any time by logging into your Akismet account

Redirects & URLs

Dashboard > Tools > Redirection

P4 redirects are managed by a wordpress.com Plugin called redirection.me.

In the P4 Admin dashboard, go to the left side menu and click on Tools – > Redirection

All you need to know about links, redirects, slugs and URLs is at >> Master URLs, Links, Page Parenting and redirects

Plugin Blocks Usage

Dashboard > Blocks > Usage

This (very useful) command provides an overview of which blocks are being used in which pages throughout the site. Blocks are alphabetically ordered and page links open directly the edit mode of the page.

The block also pulls out which Tag pages are using a redirect.

Engaging Networks settings

Dashboard > EngagingNetworks > Settings

Only for NROs using Engaging Networks. Please contact Greenpeace Global IT to know more.

EN API settings

P4 must connect to both public and private APIs of your NRO EN account:

KEY INFOS >> Every NRO using Engaging Networks (EN) has the P4 API fields already populated by Global IT. NO NEED to update the keys each time you publish a form in your EN account

This setup allows the information to be automatically sent from P4 to EN accounts, whenever a user signs up the Block Form.

What happens if your office does not use Engaging Networks? Editors can turn off the menu if needed. Here’s how:

Dashboard > Planet 4 -> Features -> Engaging Network Integration

Un-ticking the Engaging Network Integration will turn off the Engaging Networks integration. This toggle will be on by default. Turning it off removes the following things from the admin area:

Watch the P4 Settings Video

All you need to know about the main settings of a Planet 4 website is in the video below:

Links & Resources