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password protection and feeds (5 posts)

  1. wbhamilton
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Through cpanel I have password protected the directory that contains my blog. As a result, feed readers aren't able to see when a new post has been made.

    I would like those that have access to my blog be able to subscribe and see when new posts have been made without coming to the site.

    Any ideas on how to accomplish this?
    Cheers.

    bh

  2. Dgold
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    hmmm I figured this post would be about the opposite problem -- when people use WP Login methods to put a password on their front page, yet their feeds are still wide open to public viewing & Google cache.

    If you use the cpanel password method, I don't know if it is possible to let your feeds out. In any case I think the feeds would either be totally public, or totally inaccessible... I've not yet seen feeds that are shown Only to password-aware subscribers.

    If the feeds were totally public, you could probably avoid having random readers because they'd never get into your site to notice the feed link... but you should be aware that Google or a bot might find your feed address and cache it or link it somewhere beyond your control.

  3. wbhamilton
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Your response is helpful...but brings up other questions.
    1. how are the WP Login methods used to put a password on the front page, & does that protect the entire directory?

    2. how can i make the feeds totally public considering my current setup?

    3. how do I prevent Google et al to find the feed?

    Thanks again.

  4. Dgold
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I'll try, but may not be totally correct

    1. There's a plugin I haven't tried, I think called Registered Users Only or something like that.

    2. As far as I know you possibly can't, not sure tho

    3. One thing that might help is make a robots.txt file and put the rule in it that blocks search engines from this directory of your site. You can find out more about robots.txt by searching Google if you don't know how.

  5. wbhamilton
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Thanks. I'll do a little searching and see what I come up with.

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