Password Protected Categories


Release date 15 November 2021

  • Tweak: search users via ajax when protecting terms by \"users\".
  • Fix: undefined index errors within the setup wizard when selected pages no longer exist.
  • Fix: terms not selectable within gutenberg when using specific protection rules.
  • Fix: some unlocked content would not display as unlocked when publicly queried.


Release date 03 November 2021

  • Fix: setup wizard unable to start when the license is not activated.
  • Fix: compatibility issues with deprecated PHP versions.


Release date 06 October 2021

  • New: Added central login page support.
  • New: Added setup wizard.
  • Tweak: Updated language file.
  • Fix: Child categories not inheriting protection rules when multiple taxonomies are assigned to a post.


Release date 07 September 2021

  • New: Added user & role protection to protected categories.
  • Tweak: Updated language file.
  • Dev: Updated Barn2 library.


Release date 20 July 2021

  • Tested up to WordPress 5.8.
  • Dev: Updated Barn2 library; minor bug fixes.


Release date 9 June 2020

  • Fix: Error in license system which resulted in license key being deactivated on some sites.
  • Dev: Added Composer support.
  • Dev: Updated Barn2 library; minor bug fixes.


Release date 26 February 2020

  • New: Added CSS classes to the tag for private and protected categories.
  • Fix: Bug which prevented event categories being protected in The Events Calendar plugin.
  • Dev: Added additional hooks when a private or password protected category is displayed.


Release date 11 February 2020

  • Fix: Fixed a bug introduced in previous update which meant protected posts were always displayed in archives, the main blog page, widget areas and navigation menus when the \'Show password protected categories and posts to visitors\' option was unticked.
  • Fix: Improve compatibility with WooCommerce Protected Categories plugin.


Release date 8 February 2020

  • New: Updated plugin architecture and added new license system.
  • Tweak: Minor HTML and styling changes to password login form.
  • Tweak: Added \'no cache\' constants to prevent caching of protected posts/categories using certain caching plugins.


Release date 31 October 2019

  • Tested up to WordPress 5.3.
  • Updated library code.
  • Fix compatibility issue with WooCommerce Protected Categories plugin.


Release date 10 January 2019

  • Fix: Edge-case bug introduced in 1.3 update when using the category_login shortcode.
  • Tested up to WordPress 5.0.3.


Release date 9 January 2019

  • Fix: Password protected categories were incorrectly redirecting to a 404 page on some sites.


Release date 9 January 2019

  • Fix: Bug with {title} tag when using category_login shortcode.


Release date 9 January 2019

  • New: Added support for {title} placeholder tag. This can be used on the login page to show the title of the current post or category. Configure from the settings page (Settings -> Protected Categories).
  • New: Improved caching prevention for protected categories and posts.
  • Various bug fixes.
  • Tested up to WordPress 5.0.2.


Release date 6 September 2018

  • Fix: \'exclude_tree\' option in get_terms is no longer overridden, but merged with the list of protected categories.
  • Fix: Ensure comments don\'t display on password login form.


Release date 29 May 2018

  • New: Added WPML config file.
  • Fix: Bug with \'Show protected categories\' option.
  • Tweak: Changed documentation link on Plugins page.


Release date 24 May 2018

  • Dev: Code restructure and various improvements.
  • Dev: Tested with WP up to 4.9.6.


Release date 7 June 2017

  • Fix: Bug on redirect from central login page using [category_login] shortcode.


Release date 6 June 2017

  • Fix: Potential conflict with WordPress 4.8.
  • Tweak: Cache hidden categories to improve performance.


Release date 30 May 2017

  • Fix: Javascript bug for password field in admin.
  • Fix: Hidden posts were incorrectly shown on their category/custom taxonomy page.


Release date 30 May 2017

  • Fix: Single posts in password protected categories were not protected (bug introduced in previous update).
  • Fix: Password protection now works correctly for pages and attachments.


Release date 13 April 2017

  • Note: Any logged in users will be automatically logged out after this update.
  • New: New plugin options for customising the login form (password label, title, placeholder, etc).
  • New: Login page option removed from plugin settings as no longer required. Your login page can still be used to login to categories.
  • Fix: Users could access an unlocked category even after the password was amended.


Release date 9 March 2017

  • Initial release.