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  • Megan

    Naïve question: Will this work for WordPress.org and WordPress.com sites?

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      This guide is for self hosted WordPress.org sites only, please see the difference between WordPress.org vs WordPress.com

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    I want to password protect 3 sets of pages. Each of the 3 sets will have 3 pages. And each set will have its own password. I tried creating each of the pages within a set as separate pages but the passwords would only work on 1 and sometimes 2 pages.
    Can I create 3 parent pages (one for each set) and give each parent page its own password? Then can I create 2 sub pages within each parent page and not give those pages a password? Would this eliminate my problem? Would the sub pages be protected by the parent page or would they be unprotected with no password of their own?
    Thank you so much for any help. I am only moderately knowledgeable and feel I am stumbling around in the dark on this.

  • mel

    Is there any way to create a custom page with the plugin for password protection? I saw you can replace the login logo but I would like to create a custom page for sign in.

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      You can try Theme My Login plugin.

  • Nigel Spence

    I’m password protecting a monthly membership site. What happens when I have a member who as been with me for say 4 months, then I get a new member,how do I give them a different password for the same month 1 content? Won’t the new member also get 4 months worth of content???

    Please clarify, as I can not for the life of me fathom this out… :-)

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      yes and you probably need a more complex solution than this to handle memberships and subscriptions :)

  • Hughes

    Thanks for the suggestion. This seems very handy and straightforward. Once installed, do you know if this will prevent content from the site to come up in search engines? And can you remove it without any weirdness later if as you say you use this for client demo purposes? In my case, I wonder if it would work for a client that wants his site private just until ready to reveal his redesign.

    • Noumaan Yaqoob

      @Hughes it will partially protect your websites from search engines. To block search engines you should add this in your robots.txt file

      User-agent: *
      Disallow: /

  • ellie

    would this plug in work if i just wanted to password protect a certain area/group of pages on my site? eg. most of it would be available to the public but with a password protected area for members?
    i don’t want to password protect the whole site.

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      No, you would need a membership plugin for that. This plugin is mainly for totally private blogs (family blogs or company blogs).

  • D

    Excuse my ignorance but I just wanted to clarify….

    Allowing password access to a group of people (say students in a class for a given time period e.g. 3 months) can be done and then the password changed when the new term begins – to use for an entirely different set of students.

    However, if I am the owner of a wordpress website, I control content/settings etc. i.e. I remain the owner of the site. No such user (allowed in via password access) can ‘hijack’ my site so as to speak.

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      Yes that is correct. You own the site entirely. The students can only view the site. They cannot change anything.

  • Namita

    Hi,

    What if I want to protect multiple pages (menu/sub menus/sub-sub menus) from the clients until I give them the password? Can I still use this plugin?

    Please suggest a way to accomplish my goal if you know a way.

    Thanks!

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      This would work for all pages not just the homepage. So yes, you can use this plugin.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1027669536 Klaas Cuvelier

    I’ve been using this plugin: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/basic-authentication/
    It pretty much does the same, but you can choose between a “predefined” password, or a WordPress login to secure your WordPress installation

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=602721775 Michael Hanna

    Very interesting, we are looking at using this on our website…

  • Liza

    Won’t hackers be able to find another way around this?

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      This is NOT for hackers. The intended purpose of this plugin is for private blogs. For example, you adopted a kid, and you only want their biological family to see the kid’s pictures. Chances are hackers are not targeting your site because you don’t make any $$$. Another use case would be that you have a client demo area. i.e clients.yoursite.com. You can password protect the site, and change the password for every new client (granted that you are not working with numerous at the same time). Hope that clear things up.

  • Zachary Williamson

    Love it :) thanks to all the WPBeginner team for taking the time to share all this useful information with the world. :P