How To Make Completely Private Website in WordPress

Are you interested in making your private website in WordPress? Parents often ask us to make their WordPress blog private to share their baby photos with family and friends.

In the above post we will explain how to make your blog private and demonstrate how to create a password-protected WordPress post for private websites.

When and who required a private website?

You can use WordPress private website to share family events, photos from weddings, and baby pictures with family and friends. For inspiration, check out these top WordPress themes for family blogs.

  • You can use a private website to keep your journal or diary.
  • Private blogs are an excellent way for teams to collaborate on projects.
  • A website in progress that is still not ready for public view.
  • You can make a classroom website private so that only registered students have access to it.

Making Private Website in WordPress

The first thing you should do is to install and activate My Private Site plugins. To configure the plugin settings, you must go to Settings >> Private Site page after activation.

private site setting

To enable the plugin, you must first tick the box in the ‘Enable login privacy’ section. It will make your site private.

Next, you will allow users to register on WordPress. If you don’t want users to register on your WordPress site, you can skip this section.

You can select which page users will see upon login by going to the ‘Landing page’ section. By default, the plugin would send back users to their login URL. Users can be redirected to the WordPress admin dashboard, homepage, or any other URL on WordPress.

landing location

The custom login page section will apply if you have a WordPress site with a unique login page. Simply check the box to enter the URL of your customized login page. This URL will be used as the login page by the plugin.

custom login

You can also exclude certain parts from your website using the My Private Site plugin. If you have a static homepage and want people to see it, you can add it to the exclusion list. Other URLs, such as a contact form and about page, can be added to the exclusion list.

To save your settings, don’t forget about clicking the Save Changes button.

Anyone visiting your website will be required to log in before they can access your website. Depending on the settings you have, users might see pages they don’t want to see or just the login page.

Make Individual Posts Private in WordPress

WordPress has a built-in feature that will enable you to create pages or posts personal and password protected. This is how to make WordPress posts private.

Begin by editing an existing one or making a WordPress post. The Visibility option will be displayed under the publish meta box. Click the Edit link beside visibility.

edit post visibility

You will be able to make the post private or add password protection. To make a post private or password-protected, select the appropriate radio button.

password protected post

WordPress will ask for a password if you make a WordPress blog post-password-protected. To view the post, users will need to enter the password. You can send this password to family members and friends via email. They can then view the post by entering it.

Note:  Users with the role of Administrator or Editor can view private posts that are password protected by logging in to the WordPress admin area. If you are the only user of your site, you do not need to worry about this. 

We wish you got the above article useful in creating a private WordPress blog. It is a best way to distribute your ideas with the users on your site.

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