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How to Make Your WordPress Blog Completely Private ctm magazine

Do you want to be able to make your site completely private? Often users will want to use WordPress to share personal photos with select people but not to the world. In this video, we will show you how to make your site completely private as well as password protecting specific posts.

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Summary of this tutorial:

For making the site private, start by installing and activating the My Private Site plugin.

Once activated go to Settings, Private Site to configure the plugin settings.

Check the ‘Make Site Private’ section to enable the plugin preventing users from viewing your site.

You can choose to allow users to register on your WordPress site, under ‘landing location’ you can choose which page users will see when they login. If landing location is not set then users will be redirected back to where they were before logging in.

You are allowed to exclude some parts of your website from being private. Such as a contact form or an about page. Don’t forget to save your changes and your site will now become private.

WordPress also has a built-in feature to password protect specific posts and pages. You would want to edit the post or page that should be password protected.

Once editing, under the Visibility settings you would want to set it as password protected and create a password. Update the post and you now have a password protected post or page on your WordPress site.



  • Lara Sams on July 19, 2016

    love your voice! Thanks for the video

  • Mamnonk 2016 on July 21, 2016


  • Darkness93 on February 6, 2017

    At Uni we don't have access to plugin installation on our WordPress sites, but a similar result can be achieved through looking on the right when editing a post or page, and changing its visibility to Private under the Publish category 🙂 Obviously not as good as using a plugin for the whole site but if it's minimal content you have then it won't take long if you don't have access to plugins. Nevertheless great tutorial and it might come in handy in the future!

  • Adrienne Warden on May 1, 2017

    Love you WPBeginner…Love Love Love…Now how do I allow folks to sign out of my private site?…I see alot on log in pages, but nothing about how someone signs out…I am currently working on a site where you have to have a password to sign in (no user info) and I want these same folks to be able to sign out…Not sure how to do it…Help.

  • Katie Smith on May 26, 2017

    Thanks so much for this video! I was looking all over my dashboard – didn't realize I needed to add a plugin for this. Really appreciate it!

  • Joshua Muster on June 13, 2017

    This is fantastic, thanks!!

  • Oscar on December 10, 2017

    love your voice! thank you for the info.

  • BN on February 6, 2018

    Very Helpful!

  • Bike Dawg on April 1, 2018

    Is there a way to manage users in a way to authorize or reject their subscription to your WP site?

  • Sarah Kondratenko on November 26, 2018

    Short, clear and with/to the point. Thank god you don't feel the need to play distracting background music! Thanks again

  • Real Estate Radio & TV on February 18, 2019

    wow thank you so much , easy to understand tutorial
    Gaven Malope
    South Africa / Sandton

  • quicksite on May 30, 2019

    Hi — I'm not clear if this pertains only to a person's self-hosted wordpress site (wordpress.org) or if it also applies to wordpress.com blogs, hosted by wordpress itself? Thank you

  • Kurt Stoffer on October 16, 2019

    Thank you. You are Awesome !
    I am subscribing, Please Keep up the Good Work !

  • Florin Diaconu on October 24, 2019

    Can the login page be customized?

  • Web Automotivo on February 14, 2020

    Thanks so much for this video! Save my life!

  • Mantiosha on February 27, 2020

    So i did this and now even after deleting or disabling this particular plug in i still cannot access my page! cleared cache, resetted router, incognito window didnt help either, can you tell me how to make my page public again????

  • Adem Tepe on February 9, 2021

    2021 the plugin is still active but it has improved, so basically how it works is the same but there are more details.

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