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Restricted Site Access


Limit access your site to visitors who are logged in or accessing the site from a set of specified IP addresses. Send restricted visitors to the log in page, redirect them, or display a message or page. A great solution for Extranets, publicly hosted Intranets, or parallel development / staging sites.

Adds a number of new configuration options to the Reading settings panel. From this panel you can:

  1. Enable or disable site restriction
  2. Change the restriction behavior: send to login, redirect, display a message, display a page
  3. Add IP addresses to an unrestricted list, including ranges
  4. Quickly add your current IP to the unrestricted list
  5. Customize the redirect location, including an option to send them to the same requested path and set the HTTP status code for SEO friendliness
  6. Define a simple message to show restricted visitors, or select a page to show them – great for “coming soon” teasers!


  • Screenshot of settings panel with simple Restricted Site Access option (send to login page).
  • Screenshot of settings panel with restriction message option enabled
  • Plenty of inline help! Looks and behaves like native WordPress help.


Where do I change the restriction settings?

Restricted Site Access settings are added to the Reading page, with WordPress’s built in site privacy options. (It was moved there from a separate Privacy settings page in 3.5.)

It’s not working! My site is wide open!

Most commonly, Restricted Site Access is not compatible with some page caching solutions. While the plugin hooks in as early as it can to check visitor permissions, its important to understand that some page caching plugins generate static output that prevents plugins like Restricted Site Access from ever checking individual visitors.

To the extent that sites blocked by this plugin should not need to concern themselves with high scale front end performance, we strongly recommend disabling any page caching solutions while restricting access to your site. Keep in mind that most page caching plugins do not cache the “logged in” experience, anyhow. Also note that the plugin is fully compatible with other caching layers, like the WordPress object cache.

How do I allow access to specific pages or parts of my site?

Developers can use the restricted_site_access_is_restricted filter to override normal restriction behavior. Note that restriction checks happen before WordPress executes any queries; it passes the query request from the global $wp variable so developers can investigate what the visitor is trying to load.

For instance, to unblock an RSS feed, place the following PHP code in the theme’s functions.php file or in a simple plug-in:

add_filter( 'restricted_site_access_is_restricted', 'my_rsa_feed_override’, 10, 2 );

function my_rsa_feed_override( $is_restricted, $wp ) {
    // check query variables to see if this is the feed
    if ( ! empty( $wp->query_vars['feed'] ) ) {
        $is_restricted = false;
    return $is_restricted;
How secure is this plug-in?

Visitors that are not logged in or allowed by IP address will not be able to browse your site (though be cautious of page caching plugin incompatibilities, mentioned above). Restricted Site Access does not block access to your, so direct links to files in your media and uploads folder (for instance) are not blocked. It is also important to remember that IP addresses can be spoofed. Because Restricted Site Access runs as a plug-in, it is subject to any other vulnerabilities present on your site.

Restricted Site Access is not meant to be a top secret data safe, but simply a reliable and convenient way to handle unwanted visitors.


Great Plugin - minor bug with using when behind a load balancer


Great Plugin though there was a minor bug when using behind a load balancer. The IP address would always be of the load balancer. To fix edit the restricted-site-access/restricted_site_access.php file and add this function public static function get_ip() { //Just get the headers if we can or else use the SERVER global if ( function_exists( 'apache_request_headers' ) ) { $headers = apache_request_headers(); } else { $headers = $_SERVER; } //Get the forwarded IP if it exists if ( array_key_exists( 'X-Forwarded-For', $headers ) ) { $the_ip = $headers['X-Forwarded-For']; } elseif ( array_key_exists( 'HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR', $headers )) { $the_ip = $headers['HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR']; } else { $the_ip = $_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR']; } return $the_ip; } Then replace all occurrences of: $_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR'] with self::get_ip()

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  • Under the hood refactoring and clean up for performance and maintainability.
  • Small visual refinements to the settings panel.


  • Does not block user activation page in network mode


  • WordPress 3.5 compatibility (3.5 eliminated the Privacy settings panel in favor of a refreshed Reading panel)
  • Real validation (on the fly and on save) for IP address entries
  • “Restriction message” now supports simple HTML and is edited using WordPress’s simple HTML tag editor
  • A bunch of visual refinements that conform better with WordPress 3.4 and newer (spacing, native “shake” effect on invalid entries just like the login form, etc.)
  • A bunch of under the hood refinements (e.g. playing nicer with current screen Help API)


  • New restriction option – show restricted visitor a specified page; use with custom page templates for great for website teasers!
  • Major improvements to settings user interface, including hiding unused fields based on settings, easier selection of restriction type, and cleaner “remove” confirmation for IP address list
  • Performance improvements – catches and blocks restricted visitors earlier in the loading process
  • New filter hooks for other developers: ‘restricted_site_access_is_restricted’, ‘restricted_site_access_approach’, ‘restricted_site_access_redirect_url’, and ‘restricted_site_access_head’
  • Localization ready – rough Spanish translation included!
  • Basic support for no JavaScript mode
  • Optimized for PHP 5.2, per new WordPress 3.2 requirements (no longer supports PHP < 5.2.4)
  • Assorted other improvements and optimizations to the code base


  • Restored PHP4 compatibility


  • More meaningful page title in “Display Message” mode (previously WordPress > Error)
  • Code clean up, prevent rare warnings in debug mode


  • Fixed PHP warning when debugging is enabled and redirect path is not checked


  • New feature: backwards compatibility with PHP < 5.1 (limited testing with earlier versions)
  • Bug fix: disappearing blocked access message text box on configuration page
  • Bug fix: login always redirects visitor back to correct page
  • Improved: built in help on configuration page updated, clearer
  • Improved: “IP already in list” indicator
  • Improved: optimizations to code that handles restriction behavior


  • Integrates with Privacy settings page and site visibility option instead of adding a whole new page
  • Simplified options: clearer instructions, removed unnecessary hiding / showing of some options, fewer lines
  • Indicates whether the site is blocked in the admin next to the site title (WordPress 3.0+ only)
  • New action hook, restrict_site_access_handling, allowing developers to add their own restriction handling
  • Cleans up / removes settings when uninstalled
  • Assorted under the hood improvements for best coding practices, sanitization of options, etc


  • Customize blocked visitor message
  • Stronger security (patched “search” hole)
  • Better display / handling of blocked visitor message


  • Add support for IP ranges courtesy Eric Buth
  • Major UI changes and improvements; major code improvements


  • Fix login redirect to home; improve redirect handling to take advantage of wp_redirect function


  • Important fundamental change related to handling of what should be restricted

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