How To Make A WordPress Blog Private shows you a very simple trick to make your blog privately with one or two plugins and more.
Last Updated: April 7, 2019
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There are times when you wish to make your blog private. This can be because you want to create a family blog, a blog for friends, a blog for colleagues and or a private membership website. The method in this post is very simple and it works for me. However you might have a better method than mine.
What’s good about my method is the fact that you are installing a security plugin. Which you should have installed from day one when you published your blog and you can install an optional plugin if you want. Installing the optional plugin is entirely up to you.
What you need:
How To Make A WordPress Blog Private
Step 1 ) Install and activate All In one WP Security and Firewall plugin and go to WP Security -> Maintenance as illustrated in the image below.
Step 2 ) Check the following feature Enable Front-end Lockout as illustrated in the image below. Make sure you click on Save Site Lockout Settings button when you complete the settings.
Note: You can enter a custom message and even add HTML code to it.
Peter’s Login Redirect Plugin (Optional)
Step 3 ) Install and activate Peter’s login redirect plugin as illustrated in the image below and go to Settings -> Login/logout redirects. (Remember this step is optional)
Step 3-a ) You can select Specific users and or Specific roles. Make sure you click on Update button to save your changes. There are other options in the plugin you can play around with if you want. (Remember this step is optional)
Admin Member Settings
Step 4 ) Go to Settings -> General as illustrated in the image below and make sure you don’t enable the following feature Anyone can register.
Step 5 ) Go to Settings -> Reading as illustrated in the image below and make sure you enable Discourage search engines from indexing this site. Make sure you click on Save Changes button when you finish with your settings.
Step 6 ) The final result will look something similar to the following image. I have added a login link for the members. This is basically the default information displayed by AIOWPS plugin. Here you can edit and add any message you want, you can even add a logo or other images. It is up to you.
That is all you need to do 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.