How to Make Your WordPress Blog Completely Private (4 Ways)

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Do you want to make your WordPress blog completely private? 

You can make your blog completely private so that no one but you and your chosen visitors can see the content you publish.

In this article, we’ll show you how to make your WordPress blog completely private. 

However, there are times when you may want to create a private blog or make certain posts private and only available to specific users.

That being said, let’s show you how you can make your WordPress blog completely private. Simply use the quick links below to jump straight to the method you want to use.

Beyond keeping your blog private, your coming soon page can also help to gauge user interest, build hype, and capture leads.

With your coming soon page live, you can keep your blog private as long as you like. You can even customize your coming soon page to act as a home screen, while your blog remains private.

Once your blog is in maintenance mode, you can freely make changes to your blog, or even build a new blog from scratch. Maintenance mode also prevents the search engines from indexing and ranking your site.

Your visitors will only see the maintenance mode screen.

Another way you can make your blog private is by creating a membership blog that’s entirely private to members. 

Upon activation, you need to go to My Private Site » Site Privacy to configure the plugin settings.

Next, you need to check the ‘Enable login privacy’ box, so the plugin will make your site private.

Then, click the ‘Save Privacy Status’ button.

With this option enabled, visitors will see your site login screen when trying to visit your website.

Next, click the ‘Landing Page’ menu option.

Here, you can choose where users will be redirected after a successful login. 

Simply select the radio button in the ‘Landing Page After Login’ section, or enter a specific URL into the ’Specified Destination URL’ box.

Then, click the ‘Save Landing Page’ button.

After that, click the ‘Home Page’ menu option. 

Here, you can check the box in the ‘Site Home’ section to make your homepage accessible to visitors. 

We’ll leave the box unchecked, but it can be helpful if you want to show a message to your visitors while keeping the rest of your website hidden. 

If you make changes, then click the ‘Make Page Public’ button.

Next, click the ‘Membership’ menu option.

Here, you can choose whether or not you want users to be able to register to your blog.

To allow visitors to register and view your blog, both boxes must be checked. If you don’t want to allow user registration, then simply leave both boxes unchecked.

Then, click the ‘Update Options’ button.

After that, your WordPress blog will be completely private.

Only users with login credentials will be able to log in and view your blog.

If you only want to make individual blog posts completely private, then you can use the built-in WordPress settings to do this.

Simply open up the blog post you want to make private, or create a new post. Then, on the post editor screen, you’ll see a ‘Visibility’ option in the ‘Status & visibility’ meta box.

Then, you need to click the ‘Public’ link.

This brings up a drop down where you can select the ‘Private’ option or even make your post password protected.

Simply click the radio button to choose the option best for your needs.

If you choose to make your post password protected, then you’ll need to enter a password. Your users will need to enter the password you entered to view the post.

Once you’re finished making changes, make sure to click the ‘Update’ or ‘Publish’ button to make your post private.

If you’re the only user on your blog, then you don’t need to worry about this. But, if you have other users, then you need to make sure they have the right user role to view the post.

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