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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.

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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.

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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)

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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)

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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.

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Click on Settings -> Reading and check Discourage search engines from indexing this site. Make sure you click on Save Changes.

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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.

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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.

Enjoy.

Manuel Ballesta Ruiz is a web developer, Blogger and WordPress Enthusiast.

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