Do you want to add age verification to your WordPress website?
You may need to ask visitors to verify their age before accessing your website due to the nature of the content or legal requirements.
In this article, we will show you how to easily add age verification on your WordPress site.
If you don’t want to watch the video tutorial, then just continue reading the instructions below.
How to Add Age Verification in WordPress
The easiest way to add an age verification page to WordPress is by using the Age Gate plugin. Using this plugin, you can restrict your content based on age without stopping search engine bots and crawlers from seeing your pages and posts.
In this way, you can stop minors from accessing mature content without negatively affecting your WordPress SEO.
The first thing you need to do is install and activate the Age Gate plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.
Upon activation, the plugin adds a new Age Gate Lite item to the left-hand menu. Simply click on it to configure the plugin’s settings.
In ‘Age Limit’, type in how old visitors must be to access your content.
By default, Age Gate restricts access to all your content. However, you may want to stop minors from visiting specific pages only.
To do this, simply open the ‘Restrict’ dropdown and choose ‘Selected content’.
If you choose this setting, then all your posts and pages will be unrestricted by default.
To add age verification to a page or post, you will need to open it in the editor and then enable the ‘Restrict this content’ toggle in the right-hand menu.
When it comes to age verification, you have three options.
One option is asking visitors to type their date of birth into a form, as you can see in the following image.
Visitors can also enter their date of birth using a dropdown menu.
Finally, you can simply ask visitors whether they are old enough to access your content by showing ‘Yes/No’ buttons.
To choose between these options, simply open the ‘Validate age using’ dropdown.
Then, select either Input fields, Dropdown fields, or Yes/No buttons.
By default, people must verify their age every time they visit your WordPress website.
If you prefer, then you can enable ‘Remember me’ so that visitors don’t have to pass the verification every single time. After that, you can use the ‘Remember Length’ settings to change how long Age Gate will remember the visitor’s age.
This can save users time, especially if they visit your website regularly.
When you are happy with how the plugin is set up, go ahead and click on the ‘Save settings’ button. You can now visit your WordPress blog to see the age verification screen live.
The default age verification screen is pretty basic, so let’s see how you can customize it to better suit your website.
Customizing Age Verification Screen and Message
To change how the age verification page looks, you need to click on the ‘Messages’ tab on the plugin’s settings page.
Here, you can add a headline and sub-headline, which will be displayed above the area where visitors verify their age.
When you are happy with the messaging, just click on the ‘Save settings’ button.
After that, click on the ‘Appearance’ tab. From here, you can change the background color, foreground color, background image, text color, and more.
When you are happy with the changes you have made, don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on ‘Save settings’.
You can now visit your website using Incognito mode to see the custom age verification screen in action.
Allowing Access to Archives and 404 Pages
Sometimes, you may want to allow people to access your archive pages in WordPress without passing age verification. You might also want to allow free access to your 404 page, especially if you have created a custom 404 error page design.
The easiest way to do this is by selecting the ‘Content’ tab.
You can now restrict and restrict all of your site’s archive pages and the 404 error page by using the various toggles.
Advanced Age Verification Settings
If you are having problems with the age verification page, then just open the ‘Advanced’ tab in the plugin’s settings.
You can also change other advanced settings from this page, like adding custom CSS rules and enabling anonymous age verification.
If you would like to see more options, you can also check out our expert picks for the best age verification plugins for WordPress.
We hope this article helped you learn how to add age verification in WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to allow user registration on your WordPress site or see our expert picks for the best WordPress membership plugins.