How to Make WordPress Private Page Or Post
Making your page or post completely private can be useful for various purposes. For example, you might want your blog to be private in cases where your website is not yet ready to go public. Maybe, on the other hand, you want to use your private blog as your own journal, or simply want it to be accessible to only particular users. Whatever the case, one of the options you always have is to unpublish your page or site.
Knowing how having private content on your blog can prove valuable for you, this time around, we have decided to show you how you can create private WordPress pages:
Making a page private with Classic Editor is a very straightforward procedure. WordPress is bundled with a handy option that allows you to make a private post or page in just a few steps. First, log in to WordPress and look for the Pages option. To access the privacy settings for the page, look for the Visibility under the Publish tab on the right and click Edit.
After you click on Edit you will be able to see three different options for your page visibility:
- Public – everyone can see your website page.
- Password protected – you can set a protected password that users have to enter before seeing the page.
- Private – only the users with privileges, who are logged in, will see the page.
After you select your privacy preference, click on OK, to confirm the action.
Finally, update your page and start enjoying the website on your own or with the selected ones.
As for the posts, the procedure is pretty much the same. When you’re not in a mood for sharing your blog posts with the readers or just need a special place where you can put your thoughts into words, the private posts are an ideal solution. If you wish to make a specific post private, log in to WordPress and find the Posts section. Look for the Visibility option and click on Edit.
Gutenberg also provides you with an easy way to make your pages private. The procedure is the same as in the Classic Editor. You simply enter into the post or page and on the right side you’ll notice the option that you need. Tick the Private option, and don’t forget to save/update the changes.
When it comes to Elementor, the procedure is a bit different but still very simple and easy to follow. This option is not as obvious as in other editors – you have to go to Settings and then check the Private Page option.
My Private Site plugin is a very beginner friendly and reliable tool that enjoys a great reputation. It’s been on the market for years, and it always managed to keep great ratings. You’ll find it easy to use and the support they provide is excellent especially bearing in mind the fact that this is a totally free plugin. It enables you to restrict access to your site for anyone who isn’t a registered user with a log-in password. We broke the procedure for using it in a few, easy-to-follow steps for you.
First and foremost, you need to install My Private Site plugin.
Then, go to Settings and choose Private Site.
Make sure to check the box under Make Site Private option in order to enable the plugin. Once you’ve done so, save your changes.
If you want to allow your users to self-register, then check Anyone can register box in the next section.
This section allows you to choose what page you want your users to see when they log in. You can have them return to the same URL, redirect them to your homepage, WordPress admin dashboard, or a custom page.
This next section works only if you are using a custom login page on your site. In case you do, you just need to check the Custom Login page? box and type in the URL of your page.
This plugin also allows you to leave some pages public. For instance, you may want your contact page or your static homepage to be visible to everyone. For this to take effect, you need to check the Site Home is always visible to everyone? box and add any additional URLs that you want to be visible below.
Once you finish setting all this up, click on the Save changes button at the bottom of your page.
In a nutshell, that’s how you make private WordPress pages or posts with the help of My Private Site plugin or other editors. It’s fairly easy to do so, and the benefits are plentiful.
Now nothing can stop you from making any page or post private. There are a lot of possibilities that privacy provides you with – you can use this option to add an air of exclusivity to your content, or simply have more control over who and why can see your pages. Knowing that you can have that much control over the visibility of your content often happens to be an excellent creativity booster.
In case you want to create a private online store, that is also absolutely possible, all you need is the WooCommerce Private Store plugin, and you will be able to sell to the selected audience only.
What are your reasons for making your pages or posts private? You’re welcome to share your experiences with us in the comments section, we are curious to hear more about how you use this option!