Do you need to sell protected or hidden products that only certain people can access? Use WooCommerce Password Protected Categories to protect your product categories.

Create a private area for each client

Do you sell unique products for each client, and want each client to see only their products? Photographers, sports clubs & other industries use our WooCommerce hide categories plugin for client-specific products. The central login page directs each customer to their hidden category.

Wholesale or members-only shop

WooCommerce Password Protected Categories is a popular wholesale plugin to create a hidden area for trade clients or members. Your WooCommerce wholesale or members store will be accessible only to those with the password. No need to build a separate wholesale shop.

Do you want to protect your whole WooCommerce Store? Password Protect WooCommerce Plugin WooCommerce Password Protected Categories is perfect for protecting parts of your store or creating customer-specific products. To completely hide WooCommerce behind a simple password or user login, check out our WooCommerce Private Store plugin and make WooCommerce private.
Easy Password Protection

With this WooCommerce hide product plugin you can password protect one or more of your categories with a unique password (or passwords). Products in those categories are also protected.

Private Categories Option

Make shop categories completely private so they're only visible to Administrators or Shop Managers (or other user roles).

Customer login page

Customers can login from a single page or sidebar. WooCommerce Password Protected Categories will direct the user to the relevant category, based on the password entered.

Hide from your public store

With our WooCommerce hide categories plugin, you can choose whether to show or hide your password protected categories and their products. Hidden content is invisible from public parts of your store.

Hidden from navigation menus

Optionally hide password protected categories from your navigation menus and widgets. Private categories are always hidden.

Easy for you, easy for customers

WooCommerce Password Protected Categories takes minutes to set up. Your customers simply enter a password to unlock an entire category, its sub-categories and products.

View DocumentationScreenshotsChangelog Current version: 1.7.3 • Last updated: 13 June 2018


Rated 5 out of 5 stars based on 17 customer reviews.

Just what I needed!

I was looking for a way to “lock down” my store to make private categories for different customers. This plugin allowed me to do exactly what I was trying to do. It was easy to install and extremely easy to… [»]


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Works Exactly as Described

Initial pre-sales questions were answered clearly and promptly. The plugin itself took only minutes to install and configure to create the different types of store privacy and login access we required. If your use case for WooCommerce requires private and… [»]

Great plugin and company

Great plugin. The install and configuration is very easy and has a good concise set of options. Barn2Media are very helpful and clearly work hard to maintain a high standard of work and client support. Overall a good purchase.

User Friendly and Powerful

I bought the plugin and it is working very well. I'm a happy Customer :)

Wonderfull plugin!

Exactly what I was looking for! I used the plugin to create a private customer category that shows a personalised screen with all the customers specific products and prices. This will help me to grow my business and grow my… [»]

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How does the plugin work?

It provides a 'Visibility' option for each category (similar to that for posts and pages) allowing you to set the visibility to Public, Password Protected or Private.

If you select 'Password Protected', you can type a password which the user will have to enter in order to view that category. View the plugin demo to see it in action.

Private categories and their products are only visible to logged in users with the correct user role.

Is this different to making an individual product password protected?

Until now, you could only set the visibility for an individual product using the 'Visibility' option when you edit that product. WooCommerce Password Protected Categories allows you to password protect (or make private) and entire category in one go. Not only does this save time, it's a more complete solution than having to password protect every product.

The category page itself is also locked down and the correct password is needed to unlock it.

How does the password protection work?

If you password protect a WooCommerce category, it will lock down the whole category and any products within that category. Users will need to enter a correct password in order to view the category page, or any individual products within that category. Each category can have one or more unique passwords and you can protect as many categories as you like.

Once a correct password has been entered for a category, it will 'unlock' that category so that the category page itself and any products within the category become visible and can be purchased.

Can I hide password protected categories from my shop?

By default, password protected categories and products are listed in your store, but your customers will need to enter the correct password in order to access them.

If you'd prefer to completely hide password protected categories (and their products) from your shop, simply untick the box on the plugin settings page. This will hide them from your main store and other locations such as related products and sidebar widgets. You can also control whether password protected categories appear in your navigation menus. If you untick these options then the only way for customers to find a protected category is if they have the direct link to it, or if they enter a correct password on the central category login page.

Can I prefix the title of protected categories, like WordPress does for protected and private posts?

Yes! Go to the plugin settings under WooCommerce -> Settings -> Products -> Password Protected Categories and tick Prefix names of protected categories.

Password protected categories will be prefixed "Protected: " and private categories marked "Private: ". E.g. a private category called "Secret Products" would become "Private: Secret Products".

Can I have more than one password for each category?

Yes, you can enter multiple passwords for each category. Simply click the plus or minus icons to add/remove passwords for each category.

Does it work with sub-categories?

Yes, the plugin is fully compatible with WooCommerce sub-categories. Password protect a parent category, and all its sub-categories (and their products) are automatically protected with the same passwords.

This means if you have a complex category structure, you don't have to go through and password protect each sub-category - just protect the parent category and you're good to go.

How do private categories work?

Private categories are similar to private posts or products. They are completely hidden from your store unless the user is logged in as an Administrator or Shop Manager (or other user roles, if you prefer). All products within a private category are also hidden from your store, as well as navigation menus.

Once the user has logged in with the appropriate role, they can view all Private categories and any products in those categories.

What if my product is in more than one category?

WooCommerce Password Protect Category takes a secure approach where possible. If your product is in two categories - one public and one password protected - the product will still be password protected, even if accessed from the public category. If you want to sell the same product in a public and protected category, then we recommend using the free Duplicate Post plugin to quickly clone your products.

Will it work with my theme?

We have tested the plugin thoroughly with a variety of free and premium themes and are confident it will work with your theme. If you're using a theme that supports WooCommerce (i.e. includes its own WooCommerce templates), then the plugin will work great as long as it uses the standard WooCommerce 'hooks' in its template files. Most - if not all - WooCommerce themes use these hooks so there shouldn't be a problem.

Does it work with WPML?

WooCommerce Password Protected Categories WPML certifiedWooCommerce Password Protected Categories plugin is officially certified as being 100% WPML compatible. This makes it easy for you to translate it into multiple languages.

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 WooCommerce and WordPress are supported?

The plugin is fully integrated and tested with the latest versions of WooCommerce and WordPress. The minimum requirements are:

WooCommerce - 2.4 and up (tested to 3.4.2)
WordPress - 4.1 and up (tested to 4.9.6)
PHP - 5.2.6 and up (PHP 7.2 compatible)

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