Master Post Password

Description

Define a master post password that works for all passworded posts, while permitting the original post passwords to also work.

Once the master post password has been provided by a visitor for any passworded post on the site, it applies to unlock all other passworded posts (without needing to provide the master post password again for each such post) until the site’s cookies expire in the browser.

There are two means by which the master post password can be defined:

a.) As a constant, C2C_MASTER_POST_PASSWORD. This is typically done in wp-config.php like so:

  define( 'C2C_MASTER_POST_PASSWORD', 'your_master_post_password' );

b.) Via the settings field labeled “Master Post Password” found on the Settings -> Reading admin page.

If the constant is defined, it takes precedence and the settings field is NOT displayed.

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Screenshots

  • A screenshot of the Settings -> Reading admin page showing the "Master Post Password" input field.

Installation

  1. Install via the built-in WordPress plugin installer. Or unzip master-post-password.zip inside the plugins directory for your site (typically /wp-content/plugins/).
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ admin menu in WordPress
  3. Set a master post password
    a. via the ‘Settings’ -> ‘Reading’ admin menu
    b. (optional; advanced) Set the master post password via C2C_MASTER_POST_PASSWORD constant. This also serves to prevent the admin option from being displayed.

FAQ

Does this work for *all* passworded posts, regardless of their explicitly set post password?

Yes.

Does the explicitly set post password for a given post still work?

Yes. A visitor can supply either the post’s password or the master post password to access the content.

Will this require a password for posts that didn’t already have a post password configured?

No. It only affects posts that already have a post password.

Does this remove or change the password for passworded posts to the master post password?

No. Any explicitly set post password remains unchanged and functional. The master post password is saved separately from posts.

If I have multiple password protected posts listed, do I need to provide the master post password for each one to view them all (a bit redundant since I obviously know the master post password and it applies to all of them)?

No, if you provide the master post password for one post, it’ll automatically be applied to all passworded posts until the site’s browser cookies expire.

What happens if I change the master post password?

Other than the obvious (the master post password has a new value), all existing users of the old master post password will expire when a browser attempts to view a passworded post. The visitor will have to provide the original post password(s) or the new master post password. If a visitor accessed a passworded post using the post’s explicitly set post password, then they will not be affected by a master post password change.

Is the master post password stored securely?

No. As is the case for post passwords in WordPress, the master post password is stored in the database as plaintext. That is, unless the master post password is set by a constant, in which case it is never stored in the database and only in the given .php file (typically wp-config.php, where other site passwords are defined).

Why can’t I see the setting on the “Reading Settings” admin page?

Are you logged in as an administrative user who can access the “Settings” -> “Reading” admin page? Is the plugin installed and activated?

Assuming those are true, have you set a master post password via the C2C_MASTER_POST_PASSWORD constant? If so, the admin setting will not be displayed.

Does this plugin include unit tests?

Yes.

Is this plugin localizable?

Yes.

Is this plugin GDPR-compliant?

Yes. This plugin does not collect, store, or disseminate any information from any users or site visitors.

Reviews

April 20, 2017
I had problems with massive-protected-posts with different passwords. But this plugin saved me. Thank you for wonderful plugin.
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Contributors & Developers

“Master Post Password” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

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Changelog

1.3.1 (2019-06-07)

  • New: Add CHANGELOG.md and move all but most recent changelog entries into it
  • Change: Update unit test install script and bootstrap to use latest WP unit test repo
  • Change: Add link to plugin’s page in Plugin Directory to README.md
  • Change: Note compatibility through WP 5.2+

1.3 (2019-02-04)

  • Change: Initialize plugin on ‘plugins_loaded’ action instead of on load
  • Change: Merge do_init() into constructor
  • Change: Add an FAQ item
  • Change: Tweak some inline documentation
  • Change: Note compatibility through WP 5.1+
  • Change: Update copyright date (2019)
  • Change: Update License URI to be HTTPS

1.2.1 (2018-04-25)

  • New: Add README.md
  • New: Add FAQ indicating that the plugin is GDPR-compliant
  • Unit tests:
    • Fix: Explicitly require class-phpass.php to get PasswordHash class
    • Change: Minor whitespace tweaks to bootstrap
  • Change: Add GitHub link to readme
  • Change: Note compatibility through WP 4.9+
  • Change: Update copyright date (2018)

Full changelog is available in [CHANGELOG.md](CHANGELOG.md).