How to Make Your WordPress Site Private

If you are building an intranet-style WordPress site or just want to have a private blog, the following plugins are a simple and easy solution that let you do just that.

Private Only

WordPress › Support » Private Only

Do you have a private blog that you only want your friends and family to see and read it?

This plugin will redirect all users who aren’t logged in to the login form where they are shown a user-friendly message.

Get Private Only

Password Protected

A very simple way to quickly password protect your WordPress site with a single password. Integrates seamlessly into your WordPress privacy settings.

Features include:

  • Password protect your WordPress site with a single password.
  • Integrates seamlessly into your WordPress privacy settings.
  • Works with Mark Jaquith’s Login Logo plugin.

Get Password Protected

Absolute Privacy

Absolute Privacy turns your WordPress blog into a fully private site where you control who has access. It’s perfect for family blogs, private communities, and personal websites. You canlockdown the entire site or create a members only area, moderate new registrations, force users to enter first/last name and choose their password during sign up, and more!

Get Absolute Privacy

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About Jean Galea

Jean Galea is a WordPress developer, entrepreneur and padel player. He is the founder of WP Mayor, the plugins WP RSS Aggregator and EDD Bookings, as well as the podcast. His personal blog can be found at

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12 Responses

  1. Magnus
    Magnus June 23, 2012 at 11:43 | | Reply


    Your best option is s2member which is being actively developed still. I use it and it’s very powerful.

  2. Tan Nguyen
    Tan Nguyen November 1, 2012 at 21:27 | | Reply

    Hi there, thanks for your post! I’m interested in using the s2member you mention above for an WP intranet setup that I want to create. Do you have any idea about running Google Analytics or any alternative for a private site?

  3. Sairah
    Sairah November 18, 2012 at 01:45 | | Reply

    Thanks for this info! I might want to lock down one of my personal sites later on down the line so it’s good to have this list handy.

  4. Sarah A (@marrie1)
    Sarah A (@marrie1) November 18, 2012 at 01:50 | | Reply

    good job on the blog post. and nice suggestions for pluggins. I might use this for a forum type site maybe. I dunno. We’ll have to see.

  5. bullgenealogy
    bullgenealogy November 18, 2012 at 19:55 | | Reply

    I think this is one of the most recently published articles I’ve found on this subject so I was hoping for really up to date advise. I note however that a number of plugins mentioned above haven’t been updated for ages and may not be compatible with the latest version of WordPress (3.4.2). Is it fairly normal practice to install a slightly older version of WP, or should I stick with the latest? I’ve tried several of the above plugins but they seem to also block access to the registration page. I’ve looked at s2member but its complexity seems overkill for a simple registered users only workflow. What I’d really like to do is have the login and register pages combined on one page, and have new registration requests subject to Admin approval. Any pointers would be appreciated.

  6. bullgenealogy
    bullgenealogy November 19, 2012 at 22:00 | | Reply

    Here’s a tip. To find the right registration plugin for my needs I was searching by keywords like ‘register’, ‘privacy’ etc. Try searching by ‘login’ instead. This found a load more plugins including “SimpleModal Login” which is a great step in the right direction. I’m still going to need something like Absolute Privacy to make the site completely private and something to add Admin approval of new registrations. We’d also be well advised to use a captcha of some sort to avoid spam registrations. Many small improvements, when combined, make a big difference (aggregation of marginal gains).

  7. Ailin
    Ailin January 15, 2013 at 06:47 | | Reply

    Hi. I recently wanted to take up blogging again and logged into my old wordpress account. The site has totally changed, but I managed to somehow find my way to the page where I needed to create a new blog (or so I thought). I then proceeded to create a new website (website name given above). Unfortunately, when I went back to the Dashboard settings, I found that the new blog I created was actually a website, and not only that, it was private. Even to myself?! I don’t remember setting any privacy settings. And I cannot find where I can even access it to un-privatise it. I do not want this website address as a website, but as a blog. Please point me in the write direction.

  8. alidicera1giovanna
    alidicera1giovanna March 19, 2013 at 17:29 | | Reply

    hello sorry i have a blog like social community this is visible tu everyone i whant do it a private blog what i have to do please without change nothing in my home only hide the menù and some elements on sidebar please? It’s possible please?

  9. Alosia
    Alosia April 12, 2014 at 11:16 | | Reply

    Thanks for this useful post! I’ve bookmarked for future reference. Another site that I also recommend that you haven’t included in your post is I love it because it has more than 50+ Tutorial Best.

  10. Alice
    Alice October 9, 2019 at 02:34 | | Reply

    Thanks for sharing. This topic interests me a lot. That’s why I also look for some other methods to keep WordPress sites private and come up with this article “3 Ways to Hide Your WordPress Site Under Development” – It shows 3 ways to hide WP sites with clear steps.

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