WordPress makes it super easy to password protect your WordPress website. There are numerous WordPress membership plugins to help you password protect your content website with ease.
You can easily create membership-accessible content; users will need to sign up for the membership in order to access the members-only content. The question- is it possible to password protect a WordPress website without user registration?
Yes, there few simple ways to password protect your WordPress site or even specific posts, pages, or even categories with the help of a simple password. What’s more, you can even password protect specific content on your posts and pages with ease.
To facilitate the process and help you protect your website, we have listed four legit ways to password protect your WordPress site – quick and easy.
The best part? All these ways include a step-by-step walkthrough to help complete the setup real quick. Some of these methods include installing WordPress plugins (most are free), and other methods come ready to use with WordPress.
So let’s dive into the details and password protect your WordPress website real quick.
Step-by-step Guide to Protect Your WordPress Website (4 Legit Ways)
Protecting your WordPress website with a password is no rocket science. There are numerous ways to password protect a WordPress website.
However, you might need to protect your entire website, or some specific posts, pages, or even categories.
To eliminate these hassles, we’ll walk through the complete step-by-step guide to:
- Password Protect Your Entire Website (Using a Free Plugin)
- Password Protecting Specific WordPress Categories (Using a Free Plugin)
- Password Protecting Individual Posts or Pages
- Password Protecting Specific Content on Your Website
You can check any section that we have listed below and password protect your WordPress website as per your needs and requirements. So let’s dive in.
How to Password Protect Your Entire WordPress Website
Yes, WordPress makes it super easy to password protect your entire website. In order to password protect your entire WordPress website, you’ll need a third-party plugin like Password Protected.
The Password Protected plugin gives you a quick and straightforward way to password protect your entire WordPress website with a single password.
This plugin will only protect your WordPress generated content; however, it will not protect any images or uploaded files.
The best part? The Password Protected plugin enables you to whitelist specific IPs to allow them to access your WordPress website content without passwords. Features of the Password Protected plugin:
- Easy to install & configure
- Options to allow access to feeds
- Protects complete WordPress websites with a single password
- Enables admins to access the website without entering the password
Let’s configure this plugin and password protect the complete WordPress website.
Step #1: Install & Activate the Password Protected Plugin by Ben Huson
Once you locate the plugin, click on the install button. The installation will take a while; once the installation is done, you need to activate the plugin right away.
Step #2: Configure the Password Protected Plugin
In this step, you need to configure the Password Protected plugin to password protect your entire WordPress website.
Navigate to your WordPress dashboard and then Settings >> Password Protected. Now you will be able to see the configuration options in the settings. You’ll find various settings options as given below:
Password Protected Status: Once you enable it, your WordPress website will be password protected. Make sure you enable this option.
Protected Permission: You will get various options such as – Allow Administrators, Allow Logged In Users, Allow RSS Feeds. Here you can choose to whitelist specific users to access your website without entering passwords.
Here you can enable the “Allow Administrators” option to enable admins to access the website hassle-free.
New Password: In this section, you need to create a secure and long password. This is the only password a visitor will need to access your WordPress website content.
Allowed IP Address: You can use this feature to enter any specific user IPs to whitelist and enable them to access your WordPress website without entering a password.
Once you make all the settings and changes, you need to click on the “Save Changes” button to make all the changes live.
Right after saving the settings, visitors of your website will see a login screen where they’ll need a password to access your WordPress website.
Related Reading: Ultimate WordPress Security Guide
How to Password Protect Your WordPress Categories
If you’re someone who wants to password protect some specific WordPress categories, then this section is for you. With the help of the WordPress third-party plugin, you can easily password protect your WordPress categories.
Here, you need to use a different plugin to protect specific categories of posts on your website. You can use plugins like Access Category Password to easily protect specific categories of your WordPress website.
This plugin makes it easy to restrict access to your posts in specific categories just by setting a password. A password replaces all the content in the password-protected categories with content excerpts.
Features of the access category password plugin:
- Allows you to choose between session or cookie authentication
- Enables you to lock multiple WordPress categories
- Allows you to display a custom excerpt before the password field
- Allows admins or specific users to access protected categories without a password
Let’s configure this plugin and password protect your WordPress categories.
Step #1: Install & Activate the Access Category Password Plugin
First of all, you need to install and activate the plugin on your website. Now you need to navigate to your WordPress dashboard Plugins >> Add New and search for “Access Category Password“.
Once you locate the plugin, click on the “Install Now” button. After the installation of the plugin, make sure you activate it right away.
Step #2: Configure the Plugin
Right after installation, you need to navigate to your WordPress dashboard Settings >> Access Category Password.
Now you will see the configuration options available with this plugin; the interface and settings options are just like the previous plugin “Password Protected“.
Let’s check the configuration options available with this plugin.
Password: This is the custom field where you need to set up the password, which will protect your categories. Make sure you create a safe and strong password to secure your categories.
Impacted Categories: This is the setting where you need to select the categories which you want to password-protect. Now check all the categories which you want to protect using this plugin.
The plugin enables you to protect multiple categories at once, so it’s up to you how many categories you want to protect.
Granting Users: The Granting Users section is where you can allow various users of your website to access locked categories without entering any password. You can grant access to the administrator, editor, author, contributor, and subscriber.
Single Post: The Single Post option enables you to hide the content of any specific post. We highly recommend leaving this option unchecked and leave it as is.
Info Message: This is the section where you can add and configure the message which you want to show on the enter password screen. By default, this is set to: “This content has restricted access, please type the password below to get access.”
So this is how you can configure the Access Category Password plugin and easily protect your WordPress categories posts and pages.
How to Password Protect WordPress Specific Posts & Pages
This section is for you if you want to password protect some specific posts or pages on your WordPress website.
To password protect your specific posts or pages, you don’t need to use any specific third-party plugin. WordPress comes with built-in functionality to help you hide specific posts and pages.
Let’s dive into details to hide specific posts and pages.
Step #1: Navigate to the WordPress Dashboard
First of all, you need to navigate to your WordPress dashboard and then you need to edit the post or page which you want to password-protect.
Once you’re on the WordPress editor, you will check the Visibility option under the Publish dropdown menu. Then you need to choose the Password Protected option.
Step #2: Set Up the Password
Now in this step, you need to create a password that will protect your specific posts or pages. Once you’re done adding the new password, just click on the “Ok” button.
When you click on the Publish or Update button, your selected WordPress posts or pages will be password protected right away. Visitors will need to enter the password to access the protected posts or pages.
As this is a built-in functionality of WordPress, you can similarly restrict any specific posts or pages. What’s more, if you run any WooCommerce store, you can even password protect your WooCommerce products or other custom post types.
If you want to restrict multiple posts or pages, you can use the same password across multiple posts and pages.
Once you add the same password for multiple posts or pages, visitors can easily access your posts or pages using specific passwords.
How to Password Protect a Specific Part of Your WordPress Post or Page
If you’re looking to password protect any specific parts of your WordPress posts or pages, this section is specifically for you.
To add password protection to specific parts of your WordPress posts or pages, you need to use a third-party plugin like Passster – Password Protection.
The Passster plugin is the smartest way to create a password-protected area on WordPress posts or pages.
With this plugin, you can easily protect pages, posts, and products with passwords and even captchas. The plugin is extremely simple to set up and is completely safe and secure.
What’s more, the plugin uses modern PHP and coding standards along with SHA-2 password protection to keep your specific content secure.
Features of Passster – Password Protection:
- Secure password protection
- Captcha and ReCaptcha protection
- Enables you to set multiple passwords
- Gives specific users direct access to the protected content
- The plugin is packed with Hooks & Filters
- It will partly unlock other parts of the content
Let’s dive into configuring the Passster plugin to password protect a specific part of a post or page.
Step #1: Install & Activate the Passster Plugin
To get started you need to install and activate the Passster plugin on your website. Now you need to navigate to your WordPress dashboard Plugins >> Add New and search for “Passster“.
Once you locate the plugin, it’s time to click on the “Install Now” button and install the plugin on your website. Right after the installation, you need to activate the plugin right away to start configuring it.
Step #2: Configuring the Passster Plugin
In order to configure the Passster plugin, you need to navigate to your WordPress dashboard Settings >> Passster.
Now you will see the Passster plugin interface where you see various options such as:
Shortcode Generator: Using the Shortcode Generator tool you can easily add your password and generate the shortcode. You can then use this shortcode on your specific posts and pages to hide the specific content.
Protection Type: This module enables you to choose the protection type as this plugin supports the passwords and captcha options to help you protect a specific part of your content.
Password: The password that you will set here will protect the specific part of your content. Once you enter the password and click on the “Save Changes” button, you will only generate the shortcode.
Copy Shortcode: Once you generate the shortcode, you need to copy the shortcode and wait for the next step.
After copying the shortcode, you need to open any of the specific WordPress posts or pages where you want to password protect specific content.
Just open the posts or pages on WordPress editor, and then you need to paste the shortcode.
The shortcode will show up as this:
[passster password=enteryourpassword"]Your protected content here[/passster]
Here you need to enter your content in place of “Your protected content here” and once you’re done, click on the “Publish” or “Update” button to make the changes live.
Once you make all the changes, visitors will be able to see only the unprotected content. If a visitor wants to access the protected content, they will need to enter the password to access it.
What’s more, if you want to customize the password area, you need to navigate the WordPress Customize Appearance >> Customize.
Now look in the Passster section of the WordPress customizer; from there, you will be able to customize the form (Enter Password Screen) text and colors.
So this is how you can password protect a specific part of your WordPress posts or pages.
Conclusion: How to Password Protect Your WordPress Website
So this our quick walkthrough to password protect your WordPress website, including the four options we listed above.
Whether you want to restrict access to your complete website or password protect specific posts, pages, or even categories, we have listed all these methods above.
You can choose any preferred way to password protect your WordPress website with any of the four different methods.
Which of the above-listed methods are you going to use in order to password protect your WordPress website? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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