WordPress Password Protected Categories makes it easy to protect any type of category on your website. Create a hidden area while leaving the rest of your site public.
Build a Private WordPress Blog
Do you want to create hidden areas within a WordPress blog, or perhaps protect specific categories within a public blog? The Password Protected Categories WordPress plugin lets you do this and more. The category login page will direct your readers to the correct blog category.
Create a Private Portfolio
Need to create private portfolios to share case studies or recent work in a confidential way? Look no further than WordPress Password Protected Categories. Protect parts of your portfolio or your complete portfolio so that only people with the password can see your previous work.
Protect Products or Events
Password Protected Categories works with any WordPress e-commerce or events calendar plugin that stores information as a custom post type with categories. Supports Easy Digital Downloads, Events Calendar, & others. Create hidden password protected categories for products or events.
Easy Password Protection
Add one or more passwords to a category and the plugin will instantly protect the category, its sub-categories and all its posts.
Supports All WordPress Post Types
Password Protected Categories supports any custom post type that uses hierarchical taxonomies (categories). Protect portfolios, events, products, pages (if applicable) & more.
Private WordPress Categories
There's also an option to create 'Private' categories that are only visible to logged in Administrators or Editors (or you can make private categories available to other roles).
Hidden from search engines
Password protected categories (and their posts) are automatically hidden and no-indexed so they don't appear in search engines.
Customer login page
Visitors can login from a single page or sidebar. The Password Protected Categories plugin will direct them to the correct category, based on the password entered.
Once a visitor enters a password, all posts in that category and its sub-categories are automatically unlocked - no need to re-enter it for each individual post!
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How does the plugin work?
WordPress Password Protected Categories provides a 'Visibility' option for each category (similar to that for posts and pages). It lets you set the visibility to either Public, Password Protected or Private.
For 'Password Protected' categories, you can type a password which must be entered to unlock and view that category and its sub-categories and products. 'Private' WordPress categories are only visible to logged in users with the correct role. This gives you a choice of options for creating private categories in WordPress.
How is this different to password protecting individual posts?
The Password Protected Categories WordPress plugin lets you password protect (or make private) an entire category. This is quicker and more user-friendly than password protecting individual posts because entering a single password unlocks the whole category.
How does the password protection work?
When you password protect a category, the category page, its sub-categories and all the posts within are protected with the same password(s). People must enter a correct password to access any of this protected content. Each category can have one or more passwords and you can protect as many categories as you like within your website, while leaving others public.
Can I have more than one password for each category?
Yes, you can create multiple passwords to protect each category - for example, to give a different password to each user. On the Categories page, use the plus or minus icons to add/remove passwords. The category can be unlocked by entering any correct password.
Does it work with sub-categories?
Yes, the Password Protected Categories WordPress plugin is fully compatible with sub-categories. If you password protect a parent category, all sub-categories (and their products) will automatically inherit the password protection of the parent category.
This lets you have multi-level category structures, all protected with a single password. Just password protect the parent category and you're good to go.
How do private categories work?
Private WordPress categories work in the same way as private posts or products, which are built into WordPress itself. Private categories are completely invisible from your public website and are only visible to logged in Administrators or Editors. (You can edit the user roles to make private categories visible to other levels too.)
You can link to private WordPress categories from menus, widgets etc. and these links will only appear for logged in users with the correct privileges.
Can I hide password protected categories from my blog page?
The WordPress Password Protected Categories plugin has a setting which optionally shows or hides your protected categories and posts from the public areas of your website. This includes the main blog page (if you're protecting standard WordPress posts), menus and widgets. If you choose to hide your protected categories and posts, the only way people will know they exist is if they have the direct link.
What if a post is in more than one category?
The Password Protect Categories plugin takes a secure approach where possible. If a post is in a public and a password protected category then it will be password protected. A post can only be in one password protected category at a time.
What types of content can the plugin password protect?
The plugin works with standard WordPress posts, plus any custom post type that uses hierarchical taxonomies (often known as categories). This includes post types created by other plugins, such as the 'Events' post type created by events plugins and the 'Products' post type created by WordPress e-commerce plugins. You can protect WordPress pages if your website supports page categories.
These questions will confirm whether the plugin will work with your content type:
- Does it have its own section in the left of the WordPress admin, with each item added as an individual 'post' (which may be called something else such as Products, Downloads, Portfolios or Events)?
- Can it be divided into categories, which are selected by ticking boxes on the Add/Edit Post screen (which may be called Add Product/Download/Portfolio/Event/etc.)?
If you've answered Yes to both questions then it will work with the WordPress Password Protected Categories plugin.
Does it work with WooCommerce?
Yes, but you might prefer to use our dedicated WooCommerce plugin, WooCommerce Protected Categories. We also have a plugin called WooCommerce Private Store for creating completely hidden online stores.
Are categories and posts hidden from search engines?
The plugin adds a "noindex,nofollow" meta tag to all password protected categories and posts, and also sets the "X-Robots-Tag" response header. This should prevent search engines from indexing protected content but we can't guarantee this. For example, any previous links to these categories/posts indexed before the plugin was installed will still exist in Google.
Will it work with my theme?
We have tested the plugin thoroughly with many free and premium WordPress themes and are confident it will work with yours.
Will it work in my language?
Our WordPress Password Protected Categories plugin is officially certified as being compatible with WPML, the top multilingual plugin. Use them together to translate your login page and protected categories into any language.
Do I have to pay every year?
You’re buying a plugin product from us, but it comes backed by our service: we work to continually add new features, important security updates, and efficient customer support. We thus use annual subscriptions to ensure we can continue bringing these benefits to you.
You’ll be charged automatically once a year, but we’ll remind you before this happens – and you can of course, cancel any time. If your license expires, you can keep using the plugin but won't receive any more support or updates. (We’ll keep your licence active until the end of your current billing cycle, so you always get what you’ve paid for.)
Which versions of WordPress are supported?
The plugin is fully integrated and tested with the latest versions of WordPress.
WordPress - 4.4 and up (tested to 4.9.8)
PHP - 5.2.6 and up (PHP 7.2 compatible)