Do you want to create a private post in WordPress?
Unlike regular WordPress posts, a private post is not visible to your website visitors. Only logged-in users with specific permissions can see the post.
In this article, we will show you how to easily create a private post in WordPress.
What Is a Private Post in WordPress? How Does It Work?
A private post on a WordPress website is not visible to the public. Only logged-in users with the right permissions can see it among your blog posts.
WordPress comes with a built-in user role system that assigns permissions and capabilities to different user roles. Each WordPress user has a role assigned to them that gives them permission to do specific tasks on a website.
Any user who has permission to publish a post can write a private post and publish it. The post will be visible to the user and follow user roles.
- Administrator – Can create, edit, and delete any private post created by any user on a WordPress site.
- Editor – Can create, edit, and delete any private posts created by any user.
- Author – Can create, publish, edit, view, and delete their own private posts. They cannot see private posts created by other users.
That being said, let’s take a look at how to create a private post in WordPress.
Creating a Private Post or Private Page in Block Editor
First, you need to create a new post or page. You can also edit an existing post that you want to make private.
Once you are in the WordPress content editor, head to the settings panel on the right. Next, you can click the ‘Visibility’ option, which is set to ‘Public’ by default.
You can then select the ‘Private’ option. This way, your post or page will only be visible to editors and admins on your WordPress blog.
Once you are done, go ahead and save your post or page.
Creating a Private Post or Private Page in Classic Editor
If you are using the Classic Editor, then you can also make a blog post or page private.
First, you’ll need to edit or create a new post.
On the post-edit screen, you need to click on the ‘Edit’ link next to the ‘Visibility’ option in the ‘Publish’ meta box.
You will now see options to make a post sticky, password protected, or private.
Go ahead and select ‘Private’ and then click the ‘OK’ button to continue.
You can now continue editing the post, or you can save or publish it.
If you visit your website, then you will see your private blog post marked like this:
Users who don’t have permission to see private posts will not see them.
Note: Images you add to a private post are not private and can be viewed in the media library by other authors. Images can also be viewed by anyone who has the image URL.
We hope this article helped you learn how to create a private post in WordPress. You may also want to see our ultimate guide on how to create a membership site in WordPress and the must-have WordPress plugins for business sites.