How to Make Your WordPress Blog Private

how to make your wordpress blog private

Why would you want to make your WordPress blog private?

Well, here are some of the more common reasons…

1. You only want certain individuals to see it, like your staff or your family.

2. You are treating it like a personal diary so nobody gets access to it (at least for now.)

3. You are still working on the design or architecture of the website and don’t want people to find it until you are ready.

Whatever reason you have is your business, not ours. Today, I want to show you how to make your WordPress blog private with ease.

How to Make Your WordPress Blog Private

Step One: Login to your WordPress dashboard by typing in www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin (Put in your domain instead of this generic example.)

Step Two: In the left side bar, scroll down to Plugins, then drop down to Add New

 

Step Three: Search for “password protected” in the plugin search bar:

 

Step Four: Find the “Password Protected plugin atop your search results and click Install Now:

 

Step Five: Click “Activate Plugin” on the next page:

how to make your wordpress blog private

 

Step Six: Go over to Settings and then scroll down to Password Protected:

 

Step Seven: Check the Enabled box and type in a new password. Then click Save Changes:

 

Once this is complete, people visiting your site will need a password to see it.

Keep in mind this does not password protect media files like images or videos. These uploaded files can possibly turn up in search engine results.

To help prevent this, there is one more thing you can do…

Step Eight: Go to Settings, then scroll down to Reading, then check the box that says “Discourage search engines from indexing this site” then click “Save Changes” This will greatly reduce the chance your files will show up in search results.

 

Let me know how this works for ya!

For more helpful tutorials on WordPress, check out these 20 Videos on Step 5.

Author Bio:

Matthew Kaboomis Loomis is the owner of Build Your Own Blog. Connect with him on Google+ and Twitter

11 comments

  1. suryapratapjaiswal   •  

    Inform me to do tha workpress

  2. Phoenicia   •  

    Brilliant idea to shield websites that are undergoing construction .

  3. GogoBuzz   •  

    Thank you… did not realise it was possible…useful for sharing a holiday experience with family.
    I don’t need it right now, so how do I bookmark this piece of advice to get back to it later?
    Maybe you can answer that in another blog
    LOL
    Thanks for your unselfish sharing … always

    • Matthew Loomis   •     Author

      Hello again. It’s been awhile. 🙂

      Bookmarking depends on what browser you use. Bookmarking usually takes place in the upper right corner of the browser.

      Glad you found this helpful.

      Best,

      Matthew

  4. Jan   •  

    Very useful Matt. Thank you.

    • Matthew Loomis   •     Author

      Hi Jan,

      Glad you liked this. Thanks for letting me know.

      Have a super duper week!

      Matthew

  5. Regina Williams   •  

    Does this work for websites that are being updated? Can the current website still be up while working on the updated pages?

  6. Nico   •  

    Did not know it was that easy, really learned here… especially pass word protection…..thank you for this brilliant set up and easy guidance to help other

  7. Katie Keith   •  

    I’m always amazed by how easy it is to make a WordPress blog private, if you know how to do it!

    Even less people know that you can also make specific parts of a site private. This is useful for people who need a public site with private areas. The Password Protected Categories plugin (barn2.co.uk/wordpress-plugins/password-protected-categories can be used to protect any type of category in WordPress and all its posts. It works for WordPress blog categories, portfolio categories or e-commerce product categories, etc. It’s worth looking at if you only want to make parts of your site private.

  8. Steve Sims   •  

    Cool – I didn’t know this was even possible either – Thanks Matt.

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