How To Make A WordPress Blog Private show you a very simple way to manage a private blog or website.
Last Updated: September 20, 2016
There are times when you wish to make your blog private for friends, family members, colleagues and or a private membership website. this method is very simple and it works for me. However you might have a better solution than mine.
What’s good about my method is that you are installing a security plugin which you should have installed from day one.
What you need:
How To Make A WordPress Blog Private
Step 1 ) Install and enable All In one WP Security and Firewall plugin and activate the following options maintenance mode. See images below.
Check the box to activate Enable Front-end Lockout. Make sure you save your changes.
Note: You can enter a custom message and even add HTML to it.
Step 2 ) Install Peter’s login redirect plugin and select the role or users to redirect to a login page. See images below.
Click on Settings -> Login/logout redirects. (Remember this is optional)
Select Specific users or Specific roles. Make sure you click on Update to save your changes. There are other options you can choose. (Remember this is optional)
Step 3 ) Select the following options in your WordPress admin panel. See images below.
Click on Settings -> General and unchecked the option Anyone can register.
Click on Settings -> Reading and check Discourage search engines from indexing this site. Make sure you click on Save Changes.
Step 4 ) The final result will look something similar to the following image. I have added a login link for the members. You can edit this page to what ever you want.
That is all you need to make your blog private. I have only used two plugins and one of them is optional.
If you have any questions please let me know. I keep updating this post from time to time so keep coming back.