Though all the bloggers and webmasters try really hard to bring in traffic to their site, there could be much reasons why somebody would like to make their site completely private.
The reason could be different for different individuals. Some of the possible reason are
- Like to store information which is private
- The website for a closed group only.
- Like to share photos and other information with chosen individual
- A site for any office group
- To use the website as corporate intranet
Doesn't matter what the reason is, the important question is the available possibilities to achieve that. And the good news is, there is a number of really easy solution to make a site private.
So, if you are one of those who is looking for ways to create a private website using WordPress, we will discuss the ways to make a blog completely private in this post.
Built in Ways to Make A WordPress Site Private
WordPress does provide a built-in solution to make any site not accessible for search engines like Google, but the site still remains accessible through the direct URL of the site. If that fulfills your need, then it's a matter of one click.
Go to WordPress dashboard > Settings > Reading > Tick discourage search engines from indexing this site.
Now, what if you need a higher degree of privacy?
There are a few plugins which help you to create a private website using WordPress. You only have to do the basic investment towards WordPress hosting, and set up your site, rest of the process will be handled by the following plugins.
Make a Private Site Using WordPress
Just create a standard WordPress site with the WordPress theme of your choice and install a plugin called private only, which will bring in the privacy settings to your site.
The installation process for this plugin is like any other WordPress plugin, it's simple and easy. Once the plugin is installed and activated, you will get the option for this plugin in the WordPress admin dashboard.
This plugin uses a simple mechanism to make your WordPress site private. It redirects all user to a predefined page where you can display that this site is only for registered user or for a certain group of people. However, this is optional for you because if you don't set the message page all the users will be redirected to the login page.
You can download the private only plugin here.
All-In-One Intranet is another amazing WordPress plugin which helps you to make your site private and use WordPress site as an intranet.
Once the plugin is activated, you will get the option for this plugin under settings. This plugin comes with a couple of settings which helps you to make your WordPress site private.
The options are straightforward and easy, just stick on the force site to be entirely private and provide your link to the login page. You can also set auto logout time for your site which will make sure that users are automatically logged out providing you an extra layer of protection.
Download All-In-One Intranet plugin from here.