The posts you creates on a WordPress blog/website are visible publicly by default. But sometimes you may want some posts not to be visible to everyone. WordPress has an inbuilt functionality for this purpose also. While you create a post you can mark it Password Protected or Private. Only authorised people will be able to see this post. It will not be visible to public visitors as well as to the search engines.
Password Protected Post – If you want that only a specific set of people with a particular password will only be able to read your post, you can mark the post as password protected. If someone on your website clicks on the post’s link on your website, they will be prompted with a password box. Once they enter the password, then only they will be able to read the post. This type of posts are mostly confidential documents like contracts or study materials which you want only a limited number of people can read. We will see in this article ahead that how to make a post a password protected.
Private Post – Instead of setting a password on the post you can mark it as private post. Once you mark it private only visitors who are logged in will be able to see the post. You can also define the role of the users which can see this post. In this process you will not need to distribute the password to the readers. Also if you are running a membership website where some content is public and other is private, this will be highly useful. Lets see how to make a post private.
How To Make a Post Password Protected – To make a post password protected you should follow the following steps :
1. Log into your admin panel
2. Open the post in edit mode which you want to make as password protected
3. In the right column you will see Visibility option in the Publish section as shown in the image below:
4. Click on the Edit link and you will see the following options :