Create Private WordPress Blog, this will make no sense sometimes. If someone want to keep a blog private to himself, then why create it on the web?
Well… Web doesn’t mean it’s always public. It just means you can access anything on the web, anywhere and anytime. So someone may need to access a personal private blog anywhere anytime. To write up their thoughts just came in, moments they spent with their beloveds, and look at them lately from anyplace anytime. Or maybe keep the blog all to their friends, relatives and colleagues and not to strangers. So this is all about security. To keep something like that you have to know how to create a private and password protected post in WordPress for those who want to have a private blog with a public area.
So this article is for
- Families: A private WordPress blog is useful for sharing your family events, weddingphotos, baby pictures, etc. with friends and family.
- Researchers: A private blog can be used as your own private diary or journal.
- Workers: Teams working on projects can collaborate on a private blog.
- Teachers: A classroom website can be made private and accessible only to registered students.
First thing you need to do is install and activate the Private Only plugin. Upon activation, you need to visit Settings » Private Only Custom Login to configure the plugin.
The first option on the plugin’s settings screen is to choose a default public page. This page will be visible to the public, which means anyone and is useful to tell visitors that only registered users can get access to this site. Setting a default public page is completely optional. If you don’t set one, then all users will be redirected to your WordPress login page. You can choose a default page from the list of pages or go to Pages » Add New to create a new one.
Private Only plugin also allows you to use your own custom logo on the login page. You can leave it blank if you want to, or you can choose to display the default WordPress logo by checking the box next to Use WordPress Logo. Anyway it’s better to have a unique logo relating to your viewer group domain, which will make what you all are doing look cool.
By default, the WordPress logo links to the WordPress.org website. However you can make it link to any other URL you want by simply entering the URL in Change WordPress Logo Link option.
Private only also allows you to add your own message on the login screen. You can even remove recover lost password, register, and back to blog links.
Once you are happy with the settings, click on the Save Changes button.
That’s all, your WordPress blog is now completely private and only registered users can get access to it. Strangers cannot look into your content and it’s totally secured.
If you can remember, we mentioned in previous article about keeping private password protected posts. If you done the above then you do not need to setup each of your posts password protected, because whole of your blog is password protected.