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Perfect for private wholesale areas, customer-specific products, and more.
WooCommerce Protected Categories plugin


  • Sell private products to each client, protected by a password or account login
  • Perfect for photographers, schools, sports clubs and other industries
  • Private login page directs each customer to their hidden products

WooCommerce wholesale plugin


  • Create a hidden area for B2B clients or members
  • Accessible only to those with the correct password or user role – pre-approve your customers
  • No need to create a separate wholesale shop

WooCommerce Password Protected Categories


  • Easy for you and your customers: they just login to their account, or enter the password
  • Optionally hide protected categories from menus and widgets
  • Restrict WooCommerce categories (including sub-categories) by password, role or even individual users

What Our Customers Say

WooCommerce Protected Categories consistently receives 5-star reviews.
"Wanted to hide WooCommerce categories - which to my dismay is not offered as standard - and stumbled upon this plugin. It does exactly what it promises. Installation and setup took just a few minutes!"
Dave Mansoor - Netherlands
"Great plugin. The install and configuration is very easy and has a good concise set of options. Barn2 are very helpful and clearly work hard to maintain a high standard of work and client support."
Darrell Martin - UK
Rated 5 out of 5 stars


The most comprehensive protection plugin for WooCommerce


Customers enter a password on a central login form, and are redirected to the correct hidden category. Supports multiple passwords for each category.


Restrict WooCommerce categories to specific user roles or individual users. Logged in users automatically see their protected categories.


Once you've protected a WooCommerce category, its products and any sub-categories automatically inherit the same protection. Protect areas of your store!

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"We use Barn2's WooCommerce Protected Categories plugin to sell custom products to an expanding list of over 120 clients. The plugin has performed flawlessly for the past 18 months. I couldn't be happier and the service Barn2 provided was outstanding."
David Reid
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  • It provides a 'Visibility' option for each category (similar to that for posts and pages) allowing you to set the visibility. You can choose whether to make each WooCommerce category password protected, private, or restricted to specific WordPress user roles or individual user accounts. This makes it the most comprehensive WooCommerce protection plugin on the market.

    This plugin improves on the basic options built into WordPress by allowing you to protect entire categories and all their products in one go. It also adds extra protection options so that you can restrict categories and their products to specific logged in users or roles. Not only does this save time, it's a more complete solution than having to password protect every product individually.

  • If you password protect a WooCommerce category, it will lock down the whole category and any products within that category. Users must enter a correct password in order to view the category page, or any individual products within that category or its sub-categories. 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 are visible and can be purchased.

  • You can set any of your product categories to only be available to specific logged in users or entire user roles. Simply choose this option for the category, and select one or more roles/users.

    Customers with the correct role or user will automatically be able to access the category when they log into their user account.

  • By default, protected WooCommerce categories and products are listed in the public store, but customers must enter a correct password to access them.

    If you prefer, you can completely hide protected categories (and their products) from the 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 links to protected categories appear in navigation menus. Public visitors will never know that your hidden categories and their products exist!

  • WooCommerce Protected Categories is popular for building a private wholesale store that runs alongside your public-facing shop. However, it wasn't built specifically for wholesale and you might prefer our dedicated wholesale plugin - WooCommerce Wholesale Pro.

    WooCommerce Wholesale Pro has lots of extra features for wholesale, including:

    • Wholesale registration form (with or without moderation).
    • Dedicated wholesale login page.
    • Unlimited wholesale roles.
    • Sell the same products to public and wholesale customers, while showing each person the correct price for their role.
    • Works with our WooCommerce Product Table plugin for creating quick one-page wholesale order forms.

  • Lots of people use WooCommerce Protected Categories to sell hidden products that are only available to one customer. For example, photographers use it to sell photos that are personal to each client.

    Create one or more hidden categories for each customer and either password protect it or lock it down to a specific user account.

    For WooCommerce password protected categories, the customer uses the central login form and is automatically directed to their own hidden category. For user protected categories, we have provided instructions on how to direct each individual customer to their private category after logging into their account.

  • Yes, the plugin is fully compatible with WooCommerce sub-categories. Protect a parent category, and all its sub-categories (and their products) are automatically protected in the same way.

    The benefit is that if you have hierarchical categories, you don't have to protect each sub-category individually - just protect the parent category and you're good to go.

  • WooCommerce Protected Categories takes a secure approach where possible. If a product is in two categories - one public and one protected - the product will still be 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.

    Each product can only be in one password protected category. You can add a single product to multiple user or role protected categories.

  • Yes! Simply protect all your categories. However, you might be better off with our dedicated WooCommerce Private Store plugin instead.

  • We have tested protected WooCommerce categories thoroughly with a variety of free and premium themes and are confident the plugin will work with your theme. If you're using a theme that supports WooCommerce (i.e. includes its own WooCommerce templates), then it will work great as long as the theme 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.

  • You can use our WordPress Protected Categories plugin with most multilingual plugins including WeGlot, TranslatePress and WPML. This makes it easy to translate your login page and protected categories into any language.

  • Clicking the Buy button above will take you to the purchase options. You can choose either a Lifetime or Annual software license.

    • Lifetime licenses never expire. It's a one-time payment which includes all future plugin updates, new features and support, forever.
    • Annual licenses are renewed once a year. As long as you have an active license, you will receive support, plugin updates and new features. If your license ever expires then you can continue using the plugin, but won't receive any further updates or support.

    You can also choose between Starter, Business and Agency options, depending on the number of sites and type of support you need. The pricing table above shows the difference between each license option.

  • WooCommerce Protected Categories is fully tested with the latest versions of WordPress and WooCommerce. We always recommend running the most up-to-date version, but we also support older installations:

    WooCommerce - 3.7 and up (tested to 6.1.1)

    WordPress - 5.0 and up (tested to 5.9)

    PHP - 7.2 and up (tested to 8.0.15)

Current version
Version: 2.5.2
Last Updated: 13 Jan 22
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