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Social Access Control


Based on the 3rd-party Category Access, this plugin provides the core functionality for restricting the access permissions of posts. This gives you the ability to permit only specific registered users to read certain posts or certain categories of posts.

This plugin is part of the Social Privacy set of plugins and it’s recommended that you install the entire set at one time to get complete control over access to your posts on your blog.

Differences between the original plugin and our plugin

The 3rd-party Category Access plugin provides the core functionality for restricting the access permissions of posts to certain registered users. For each user you can list the categories that he or she should have access to.

New features have been added to our version of this plugin to allow access to be restricted to specific users on a per-post basis, regardless of the categories. The plugin has also been enhanced to work well with the other plugins in Social Privacy set, which add similar restriction capabilities to email and feeds.

If you decide to stop using this plugin, there is an additional feature that lets you make all your protected posts “private” so that they’re not suddenly exposed to the public once the plugin is deactivated.


  • To privatize posts before deactivating this plugin (or to unprivatize posts after re-activating this plugin)
  • Controlling per-post access
  • Controlling per-category access on a user-by-user basis
  • Controlling per-category access


What happens if I decide to deactivate or uninstall this plugin?

Your protected posts can remain hidden from public view. See the Installation instructions

Contributors & Developers

This is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

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