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  1. Michael
    Michael July 11, 2013 at 15:56 | | Reply

    Thank you for these suggestions for restricting content. I have been using another plugin, in order be able to specify which users can see which content with a lot of control and have been happy with it.

    It is called User Access Manager and can be seen here:

  2. Yiannis Girod
    Yiannis Girod August 8, 2013 at 10:32 | | Reply
  3. Yiannis Girod
    Yiannis Girod August 8, 2013 at 10:34 | | Reply

    Oh sorry ! You have already written something about them → http://bit.ly/15PZs2r

  4. Michael Lieb
    Michael Lieb October 18, 2013 at 22:42 | | Reply

    How could a new member who payed his membership get a personal page where he could maybe threw a form give or change content like text and images on his bakery for example, and thus present his business. All members should the have an image thumbnail on the landing page and a little headline and search button. Is this possible togehter with the plugins described or further addons to it ? Thanks

  5. Vincent Prat
    Vincent Prat June 11, 2014 at 09:45 | | Reply


    In this list, you could also include our plugin: Customer Area


    It is free to setup a basic private area and you can also buy add-ons to get more complex features.

    1. WP Customer Area
      WP Customer Area September 7, 2017 at 08:12 | | Reply

      The plugin now has its own website: https://wp-customerarea.com

  6. Penny N. Brown
    Penny N. Brown February 29, 2016 at 14:31 | | Reply

    This list is missing Copyfight: https://wordpress.org/plugins/copyfight/

    1. Mark M
      Mark M September 1, 2016 at 09:29 | | Reply

      Penny is your site using copyfight? I’d love to see it in action. Their website doesn’t have a lot of documentation, and their “copyfight any page” feature doesn’t work, but it seems to have just the right features for me.

  7. jbirtwell
    jbirtwell May 2, 2016 at 19:03 | | Reply

    Do you know of an existing site that is using these plugins effectively? I’d like to see better examples than the ones teh vendor provides.

  8. Calum
    Calum October 4, 2016 at 10:57 | | Reply

    If anyone is looking for a free plugin for content restriction, we just released a new plugin called Content Control: https://wordpress.org/plugins/content-control/

    The plugin allows for whole pages/posts to be restricted, inline content restriction using shortcodes and also visibility controls for widgets.

    Thanks 🙂

  9. Anna Victoria
    Anna Victoria December 2, 2016 at 00:08 | | Reply

    Really helpful, well-structured article for getting a good overview about restricting content access plugins. You can try User Activity Log Pro WordPress plugin to monitor and keep track of all the activities occurs on the admin side. goo.gl/2mioQR

  10. Nicolas
    Nicolas March 2, 2017 at 18:43 | | Reply

    Good list of useful plugins. I also wrote an article on better understanding how to achieve content restriction for simple use case ( restricting the access to a certain category on your blog for instance ). You can check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks and keep up the good work :).


  11. Tomas
    Tomas March 8, 2017 at 05:02 | | Reply

    Thank you!

  12. Steve Vick
    Steve Vick June 5, 2017 at 13:42 | | Reply

    I would add PaidMembershipPro (PMP) which is free and easy to use.

    And I would remove S2Member. I have used it in the past and it was horribly confusing to configure. It took hours/days to get it to work. Even the mention of S2 sends me into traumatic shivers. ugh.

  13. Chris
    Chris June 13, 2017 at 06:21 | | Reply

    Nice collection of plugins, thanks! Also worth mentioning might be “Restrict Anonymous Access” if you just want to hide parts of content from guests with a shortcode: https://wordpress.org/plugins/restrict-anonymous-access/

  14. ugo
    ugo July 14, 2017 at 03:43 | | Reply

    hi. i’m searching a plugin to protect by password or redirect to login page for pages I want to protect.

    the password, like a wifi connection, I want to set up for everybody by myself and I don’t want to delegate the user login to each user’s profile

    any suggestion?

  15. Smiffy9
    Smiffy9 October 9, 2017 at 06:23 | | Reply

    Great article, thanks. Is there any plugin that provides single-user access controls to file downloads (e.g. device or IP address restricted) to avoid too-easy sharing of access amongst peers?

  16. Metin
    Metin December 20, 2017 at 00:36 | | Reply

    Thank you very much. It is very useful.

  17. Eric
    Eric August 14, 2018 at 17:02 | | Reply

    Looking to restrict access to a specific landing/offer page after an individual visitor (email address or ip address) has opted in and viewed the page once (opened it and then closed it). Any suggestions?

  18. Lode
    Lode November 13, 2018 at 08:11 | | Reply


    nice overview!

    Is there a way to restrict pages with a login, without having a user account? We have a website where we want all the customers to login with the same account. We provide the login and password. However, if we give them a WordPress subscriber account, they are able to change the password. We do not want this. Are there any solutions for this?

    Best regards,

  19. Bianca Frank
    Bianca Frank August 2, 2019 at 15:13 | | Reply

    Very helpful. Needed this for a clients back end of a member only website.

  20. Alice
    Alice October 7, 2019 at 01:54 | | Reply

    Thanks for sharing. I think private content plugins should also be added to this list. They can protect and restrict access to private content. I’ve searched around and come up with this list of private site plugins which is worth your consideration.

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