How to make your WordPress website completely private

WordPress is a Content Management System used by a large number of people and companies for personal as well as professional websites. WordPress powered websites are primarily public but can be privatized if need be. Do you happen to be among those who wish to make your WordPress website completely private? If so, we have for you a quick and easy tutorial.

Private websites are not uncommon and may be used for a variety of purposes. Some of them being:

  • To use as an online personal diary or journal.
  • To share ideas among team members that are working on a team project.
  • To share family events among members of an extended family.
  • To share materials among students of a class, i.e. classroom websites.
  • To hide a new website that is not yet ready for the public eye.

Make your WordPress website completely private

In order to make your WordPress website completely private, you will need My Private Site plugin. So, at first install and activate the plugin. If you are new to plugins, check our tutorials on how to install plugins.

After you activate the plugin, go to Settings → Private Site. It is in this page that you will configure the settings.

make your WordPress website completely private

Click on the checkbox that says, “This plugin is currently disabled; click checkbox to enable.” Now, to choose which page users will see when they login, go to Landing Location. By default, the users will return to the same URL they requested before login by the plugin. You can choose to redirect users to homepage, WordPress admin dashboard, any other URL on your WordPress site.

make your WordPress website completely private

In case you are using a Custom Login page on your WordPress site, there is a section for that specific purpose. If not, you can skip the step. All you need to do is click on the checkbox, and input the URL of your custom login page. Then, plugin will use the provided URL as login page.

make your WordPress website completely private

If you want some parts of your website to stay public, My Private Site plugin allows you to exclude those. If you are using a static front page and want users to see it, then you can exclude it. You are also free to add other URLs like a contact form or about page in the exclusion list.

make your WordPress website completely private

Finally, click on the Save Changes button to save all your changes so far. That is all you need to do to make your WordPress website completely private. Any person trying to view your website will be redirected to the login page. Alternatively, if you have an exclusion list of pages you want others to see, they will be visible.

We hope this post helps you to make your WordPress website completely private. We will be back with another tutorial on “How to make individual posts private in WordPress”.

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