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:
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!