Central Category Login Page
There are two ways for visitors to log into your password protected categories:
- When they visit a password protected category (i.e. the category archive) or visit one of the posts inside the category, or one of its sub-categories. The visitor will be shown the login form where they can enter a password. They must enter the correct password for the category to unlock it and reveal the contents.
- From a central login page. The central login page allows the visitor to login to any password protected category on your site. A login form is displayed on this page where the user can enter a password.
If the user enters a correct password for a category, they will automatically be redirected to that category. The login form will direct them to the first matching category that it finds, so it makes sense to use a different password for each category to avoid any potential conflict.
How do I create a Central Login Page?
Create a central login page adding the shortcode
[category_login] to a blank page in WordPress. You can also use this shortcode inside a sidebar widget (e.g. a text widget), so users can login from the sidebar.
You can then link to this page as you require, e.g. adding the page to your main menu, etc.