Privacy Plugin Update: Easily Password Protect Entire Blog

Just a quick update about a new feature released in the popular Multisite Privacy plugin.

For years, this plugin has been a must on any Multisite network – giving users more options to choose from when it comes to privacy settings on their blogs.

One of the limitations to making blogs private (important in education, group discussion blogs, etc.) has been that you needed to first create user accounts and add users to a blog. That can be kind of a pain!

Now, with one click, you can choose a password that you can give out to anyone that you want to be able to access the blog!

This could be a huge time saver when starting a new blog and not wanting open access while getting it set up, but still providing for an easy way to share it with a large group of people.

Privacy options now include:

  • Site is open and visible to all – including search engines
  • Site is open and visible to all – but search engines are blocked
  • Site is only open to any registered users of the entire blog network
  • Site is only open to any subscriber or user on the individual blog
  • A password is required to access the blog

See it in action!

Four new options are added to Settings > Privacy for all blog administrators to choose from:

And Super Admins can easily control in the Network Admin settings which of the privacy options users have access to, and even reset a default option for all blogs on the network!

What do you think?

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14 Responses


    it’s good
    but does the plugin have an option to make some pages, like home page, always visible?

    Personally I am looking for a plugin which would restrict access for unregistered/not logged in users, to certain areas (based on category) for example, or restrict certain pages


      Ronnie Burt

      Hi Kris,

      It sounds like you may already know, but WordPress, by default, allows for password protecting individual pages and posts. From the editor (in the publish box) you can assign the same password to all posts/pages you want to keep hidden.

      Beyond that, you might want to look at a membership plugin such as to see if it may meet your needs. Thanks!


        Hi Ronnie,

        I am more interested in membership like link, rather than password protect,
        so will check out your link.


    Steve McGough

    Well, the issue with this plug in is that one user can give out the password to anyone they want, therefore I really would not call this a “privacy” plug in.

    It might be considered a pain, but the Members Only plug in is straight forward even if you do have to create accounts for – as an example – family and friends. Once created, they can set their own password, retrieve their password if lost, and the administrator or head of the family can lock someone out … ;)

      Ronnie Burt

      Hi Steve – this plugin does that as well using the options besides the “one password” only setting. It has been requested by many, so most likely the one password example would only be used when privacy is desired, but not necessarily hiding top secret or sensitive content.


    Does this plugin have a way to accommodate privacy on a BuddyPress set-up? I installed it, and it does work for content (say, if you typed in a url to a bit of content, but weren’t logged in), but doesn’t seem to stop people visiting or .


    This looks like it could be cool. Does this WPMU DEV plug get administered like other WPMU DEV plug-ins in that you enable (i.e. make it available) for all the sites on the network and then you go into each site admin and turn it on/off.

    At least I think this is the way the standard WMPU DEV plug-ins all function…is that correct?


    P.S. It would be nice to see tables to compare/contrast some of the similar (but different) groups of plug-ins available for WPMU DEV. Rather than some of us who are less informed try to figure out by trial/error which option would be best for them.

      Ronnie Burt

      Hi Kief – This plugin is designed to be network activated as you say, but the network admin has many options on how it is used. Not all of our plugins are that way, but this one is :)

      Good feedback – we are working on ways to better display and share the plugins we offer. Stay tuned!


        Hi Ronnie – I’m still not clear. Please let me know if my understanding here is correct.

        The new Privacy Plugin is administered by the network admin by installing it network wide which would be it available on all the blogs on the network. Then the network admin would choose the settings. Then it would be up to the individual blog admins to turn on the plugin for their blog. Then the individual blog admin could choose to accept or reject the network admin’s settings the are impacted by the Privacy Plugin.

        Or when the network admin installs and activates the Privacy Plugin the blog admin has no choice and the Privacy Plugin is automatically accepted and activated on their individual blog and all control is up to the discretion of the network admin?

        As you can see I’m new here with WPMU DEV.

          Ronnie Burt

          Hi Kief, no worries :)

          The plugin is activated by the network/super admin and it is automatically activated on all child blogs. This makes all of the different privacy options available to individual blog owners under Settings > Privacy.

          The network/super admin has many options, either letting individual blog owners choose whatever privacy level they want, or requiring and setting the same privacy option for all blogs in the network.

          The super admin can also override any privacy setting on individual blogs. Hope this helps! :)

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