How to Password Protect a WordPress Page or Post

In this article we're taking a look at how to password protect a WordPress page using both the built in WordPress functionality and other useful methods.

In this article we’re taking a look at how to Password Protect a WordPress page. This process can actually be really simple. It just depends on the type of password that you would like to set.

There are many different reasons for password protecting a WordPress page such as restricting content for members only and ensuring that the data on that page is protected.

So let’s take a look at the different methods;

Option 1 – Using the built-in functionality:

WordPress comes bundled with the functionality to protect pages and posts out of the box. To use this visit any page or post and look with the post settings for the visibility section. It looks like this:

You can then toggle between the visibility settings of Public, Private or Password Protected. Within this section you can then set the password that you would like to use.

When users then visit that page they will be prompted to enter a password. This is great for password protecting basic pages.

Option 2 – Use a page / content protection plugin:

Plugins such as the above can be used to protect both the overall page or specific items of content which is where the additional functionality that the plugin provides comes into its own.

If you’re unsure of how to install plugins take a look at our post here:

How to Install Plugins With WordPress

Option 3 – Use a membership plugin:

For more complex password protecting / requiring user accounts and having paid for content a membership plugin is a great option.

There are plugins such as:

These plugins provide loads of functionality ranging from password protecting individual pages through to setting up fully fledged membership sites with social integration, paid memberships and more.


There are multiple choices when it comes to setting up password protection for your pages, posts and custom taxonomies within WordPress the most appropriate choice will depend on your specific site needs. We hope this helps and if it did we’d really appreciate a comment or share!

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