- Public: This will make the post accessible to everyone, and it is also the default setting.
- Password Protected: This will protect the post or page with a password and make it accessible only to those who enter the correct password.
- Private: Private posts and pages in WordPress are only visible to website administrators and editors.
Making a Page or Post Private in WordPressThere are two places where you can find the option to make a post or page private in WordPress. Let’s say you want to make an already published post private. The first step would be to navigate to Posts > All Posts from the admin dashboard. You will then see a list of posts. Hover over any of the post items, and you will see some links. Click on the Quick Edit link. This will open up a bunch of quick edit settings. Look for a checkbox that says Private and click on it. Now, click on the Update button, and the post will become private. Another way to make a post private in WordPress is to click on the Edit link and then the Settings icon in the top-right corner. You will see a visibility option, which is set to Public by default. Click on it, and you will find three options. Select Private and then click OK on the next prompt, which will ask you to publish the post privately now.
Implications of Making a Page Private in WordPressOne thing that is obvious is that any private pages are not visible to regular visitors of your website. They will just get a Page Not Found error when trying to visit the URL directly. There are a couple of other points worth keeping in mind:
- Private posts will only be visible to the editors and administrators of a WordPress website. They also need to be logged in to their account to access private content.
- Any private posts will be visible to all the editors and administrators of the website, and not just the ones who made the post private. They will also be able to make changes to the content of these posts or even make them public.