Restricting Access to Pages and Posts

Restricting Access to Pages and Posts

WordPress comes with a few user access levels and the ability to limit access to content right out of the box. On any post or page you can control access to your content through the use of the ‘Visibility’ setting within the Publish box. This is different from ‘Status’ in that technically your content is published and Visibility introduces a new layer of restrictions.


There are two options when it comes to restricting access to your content:

  1. Password protected
    • You can set passwords on a post to post basis so that in order to view the content you need the password
  2. Private
    • Only you and users with approved access can view the content. By default, Editors and Administrators have access to private content.

A lot of this functionality can be extended with plugins or some code in your functions.php file. Understanding the basics helps you get the most out of Vanilla WordPress so you’re not bogging down your system with repetitive plugins.

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Jon Bishop

Jon Bishop is the Manager of Creative Technology at AMP Agency. Jon maintains several plugins in the WordPress plugin repository, helps run the Boston WordPress meetup and spends the rest of his time blogging at and the AMP Agency blog.

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