MC Protected Page Upgrade


Set the time allowed before a password must be again entered for a password-protected post or page. Also, enhance the page password form.
By default, when you password-protect a page or post in WordPress, a user can get back into that page, without a password, for 10 days.
With this plugin, you can set your own duration, and allow for better protection of accessed, password-protected pages.
* This plugin allows you to easily change the lifetime of that cookie.
* Set it to any combination of hours, minutes, and seconds.
* You can even set it for zero hours, zero minuts, and zero seconds, so users always must use the password to access the page.
* The page password form is also enhanced for a better look in the website, and shows the user the length of time allowed before a password will again be required.
* If you create pages with a builder, that system may overwrite the password page created by this plugin, but the times you set will still work on your website.


  • You can get to the settings through the "Settings" link in your list of plugins.
  • You can also get to the settings from "Settings" in the left vertical menu of the website dashboard.
  • On the settings page, enter whatever time lengths you want in numbers of hours, minutes, and/or seconds.
  • This is the enhanced page password form. Notice it tells how long the page is set to remain available, in this case, 1 hour, 30 minutes. The form's appearance will be affected by your theme.
  • If you set the plugin so the time is all zeros, the message on the password page simply says the password is always required.


  1. From the WP admin panel, click “Plugins” -> “Add new”.
  2. In the browser input box, type “MC Protected Page Upgrade”.
  3. Select the “MC Protected Page Upgrade” plugin (authored by Mike Hickcox), and click “Install”.
  4. Activate the plugin and go to Settings -> MC Protected Page Upgrade, or click on “Settings” under this plugin in the plugins list.
  5. Set whatever time you want before users must again enter the password to access the page.


How will I set the cookie duration for my password protected pages?

Go to Settings -> MC Page Password Duration, or click on Settings on this plugin’s settings on the plugin list.

There are three time fields. Do I have to choose just one?

No. Enter a number into any or all of the hours, minutes, and seconds fields. They will add together to determine the total time.

What if I want users to always have to enter the password?

The default setting is zero time. You can always re-set to that by entering zeros in the three fields.

Why does my password page look so different from the screenshots?

The password page created by this plugin will be interpreted by your theme, determining font sizes, colors, and button size.

Why don’t I see the new password page on my site?

If you use a builder for your website, that system may overwrite the new page created by this plugin. You can still use the plugin to set the time allowed for users to re-enter the page without again entering a password.


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Contributors & Developers

“MC Protected Page Upgrade” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



2.5.2 Updates to file structure

2.5.1 Initial Release to WordPress