WordPress Password Protected Categories makes it easy to protect areas of your website - with or without individual user accounts.
Add one or more passwords to a category and instantly protect that category, its sub-categories, & all its posts.
Restrict WordPress categories by user role or user account. Logged in users see their protected categories.
Password protect any custom post type with hierarchical taxonomies (categories) – portfolios, events, products & more.
Password protected categories (and their posts) are automatically hidden and no-indexed from search engines.
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.
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Password Protected Categories makes it easy to password protect any WordPress category on your website, or restrict it to certain users or roles. It provides a 'Visibility' option for each category (similar to that for posts and pages) allowing you to set the visibility to Public or Protected. Protected categories have a choice of 3 protection options:
With 3 ways to create a WordPress private category, you can set up the plugin to your exact requirements.
The Password Protected Categories WordPress plugin lets you password protect an entire category. This is quicker and more user-friendly than password protecting individual posts because entering a single password unlocks the whole category.
The user and role protection options also let you unlock hidden content automatically for certain users. If your users already have an account on your WordPress site then this is better than making them enter an additional password.
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.
Use these questions to check whether the plugin will work with your WordPress content type:
If you've answered Yes to both questions then it will work with the WordPress Password Protected Categories plugin.
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.
You can either add a single password which will apply to the category and all its posts and sub-categories; or you can set different passwords for each category - for example, if you need to provide a separate hidden category for each person.
This depends on whether the category is protected by a password, or restricted to specific logged in users/roles:
Yes, you can protect page categories.
By default, WordPress pages don't have categories but you can easily change this with a bit of custom coding, or by installing the free Create And Assign Categories For Pages plugin. Once you have done this, you can use the Password Protected Categories plugin to password protect page categories, or restrict them based on user and role.
Yes, if you're using password protection then you can set multiple passwords for each category. For example, this is a good way 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.
Alternatively, you can restrict categories to specific users or roles. This links with WordPress user accounts, in which each person already has a unique username and password.
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 same protection as the parent category.
This lets you have multi-level category structures, all protected with the same password or user restrictions. Just protect the parent category and you're good to go.
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.
The plugin adds a "noindex,nofollow" meta tag to all 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.
We have tested the Password Protected Categories plugin thoroughly with many free and premium WordPress themes and are confident it will work with yours.
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Password Protected Categories is fully tested with the latest version of WordPress. We always recommend running the most up-to-date version, but we also support older installations:
WordPress - 5.0 and up (tested to 5.8.3)
PHP - 7.2 and up (tested to 8.0.13)
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