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How to Add Age Verification in WordPress

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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 in WordPress.

Adding age verification to a WordPress website

Why Add Age Verification in WordPress?

If your WordPress website offers certain types of content or products, then you will need to add age verification to comply with the law.

For example, if you have an online store that sells alcoholic beverages, then adding age verification will prevent minors from buying your products.

This can protect your brand reputation by showing that you take extra care to ensure that your content is only viewed by users who are of the appropriate age.

Having said that, let’s take a look at how to easily add verification in WordPress, step by step.

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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 it can restrict your content based on age without stopping search engine bots from seeing your pages or posts.

In this way, you can stop minors from accessing mature content without negatively affecting your WordPress SEO.

First, you need to 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.

Age restricting your WordPress website

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.

For example, if you run an online store using a plugin like WooCommerce, then you might restrict access to specific products on your site.

To do this, simply open the ‘Restrict’ dropdown and choose ‘Selected content’.

How to age restrict a WordPress website

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.

Restricting access to a page or post based on age

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.

An example of an age verification page in WordPress

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.

An example of an age restricted WordPress blog

To choose between these options, simply open the ‘Validate age using’ dropdown.

Then, select either Input fields, Dropdown fields, or Yes/No buttons.

How to validate the visitor's age in WordPress

By default, people must verify their age every time they visit your 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.

Remembering the visitor's age verification

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.

Adding custom messaging to an age verification screen in WordPress

On this screen, you can also change the ‘Remember Me’ text, add a link to your privacy policy, customize the different error messages, and more. Most of these settings are self-explanatory, so you can work your way through the different options.

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.

Customizing how the age verification screen looks in WordPress

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.

How to verify the visitor or customer's age

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.

Allowing access to archives and 404 page

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

Sometimes, a WordPress caching plugin or the caching enabled by your WordPress hosting service can cause plugin conflicts.

If you are having problems with the age verification page, then just open the ‘Advanced’ tab in the plugin’s settings.

Here, you need to open the ‘Method’ dropdown and choose’ No caching (JavaScript)’.

JavaScript caching in WordPress

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.

Bonus: Limit WordPress Entry Based on Age

If you have a WordPress form on your site, then you can limit the form entries based on age as well. For example, if you have a registration form and only want users above 21 to fill it in, then you can limit your form submission according to it.

To do this, you will need WPForms which is the best contact form plugin on the market. It comes with a drag-and-drop builder, premade templates, and complete spam protection.

WPForms site

Upon plugin activation, simply visit the WPForms » Addons page from the WordPress admin sidebar and install and activate the ‘Form Locker Addon.’

Once you do that, create a simple contact form in the WPForms builder. For more details on this, you can see our tutorial on how to create a contact form in WordPress.

Next, switch to the Settings » Form Locker screen from the left column and toggle the ‘Form Verification’ switch. After that, select the ‘Age’ option from the dropdown menu.

enable age verification to limit form entries

You can then set a minimum, maximum, or exact age verification for your form entries. Finally, click the ‘Save’ button at the top to store your settings.

Once that’s done, you can open a page and add the WPForms block from the block column to embed the form on your website.

For detailed instructions, see our tutorial on how to limit the number of WordPress form entries.

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.

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  2. Brendie says

    Can AgeGate be incorporated into the Register page?
    My site doesn’t have mature adult topics, items, videos, etc. or anything else of that nature. I am currently setting it up but don’t want anyone under the age of 18 on there.

  3. Pauline Cahill says

    I am running Windows Vista (I can’t afford anything newer!) and have installed it but have no ‘Activation page’ showing, nor an .exe file. Any idea where they might be. I have moved the folder from ‘verifications’ into my documents folder but that made no difference

  4. Peter says

    This would be OK only I need this for a French website! Can you have an option so that the text can be changed so I can write this in French?

  5. Joel Eade says

    Awesome, this is exactly what I need. I had another solution (the name escapes me) but it was buggy. Thanks!

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