I’ve spent way too much time trying to figure out a solution to Wordpess’ 404 reporting of “Private” pages and quite frankly I’m a little steamed. If a user is attempting to load a page which can only be seen by registered users a “404” appears. THIS IS AN ERROR MESSAGE no matter what you make it say or do. In Joomla, which is much more sophisticated with the manner in which it handles permissions and users, this would not be a “404” but would remind a user to login in order to access the page because the page DOES EXIST but requires login to see it, therefore a 404 is not apropos. I don’t know of any other CMS that has this 404 issue. But of course they didn’t evolve from a blog. Is this just too hard for WordPress to fix. I’ve seen this issue posted in forums going back 8 years. Changing the 404.php is not a viable solution and neither is hacking the core. This is something that should be fixed by WordPress. If there is a plugin out there I can’t seem to find it. Found one called wp-private but don’t trust it because URL listed for it at WordPress.org goes to the default cpanel page: Anyone else out there finding this an issue? I would use Joomla but my client insisted on WordPress because she heard it was easier to make edits in the back end.
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