When you need to ensure only certain people can access all or part of your WordPress site, the answer is to password protect it. Whether you need to password protect your entire site or just a few individual posts (or something in between!) There are a number of ways it can be done.
Let’s start with WordPress’s built-in password protection feature:
WordPress Visibility Settings
The simple way of adding password protection to full pages, posts, and even products in WordPress. Just go to the publish box of your wordpress, open up the visibility settings and password protect it.
Password Protected Plugin
The Password Protected plugin allows you to put protection over your entire website without having to go into your web hosting or control panel to do so. It’s easy to install and gives you just a small handful of options to choose in terms of who will see the password request screen.
Password Protected Categories Plugin
The Password Protected Categories plugin is a premium WordPress plugin you can use to block entire categories of content on your site. This is an in-between solution if you don’t want to block all users from your website, but still need something more expensive.
WP-Members Membership Plugin
If you want something a little less robust, but that still motivates users to sign up for an unpaid membership, you can use WP-Members Membership plugin. This is a good choice if you have premium content you want to use as a carrot-on-a-stick to generate more leads on your site.
Password Protect the Root Directory
If you want to trigger a password request for anyone who tries to enter your site (including search engines), you can do so by adding password protection to your root directory
Password Protect Plugin by WPMU DEV
Finally, we have the Password Protect plugin by WPMU DEV. Of all the options mentioned here, this plugin is the only one that will give you granular control over password protecting individual pieces of content within a page or post. It also doesn’t require users to become subscribed or paying members to access it either; they just need the password.
Using this plugin is really easy, too. All you need to do is highlight the piece of content you want protected in the text editor, click on the lock icon in the toolbar, and add your password. It’s that simple.
While it won’t be the case that you need to password protect every WordPress site you build, it’s good to know the option is available–even if your clients don’t initially realize this solution is possible. By utilizing the password protects features found in web hosting, WordPress, as well as plugins, you can quickly and easily add this extra layer of protection to any WordPress site.