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How do I hide my whole site but still keep some access?

  • I’m looking for some ideas from the experts out here. Here’s what I want to do:

    I want to basically hide my entire blog from the world, but keep it available online for myself. Why? I’m writing a book from the material, and don’t want to make the content public anymore. However, I will still need access to review old entries and such.

    Some ideas I’ve had:
    – use .htacess to pass-protect the whole thing. I don’t think that idea will work because I’d still like to have some sort of “landing page” for readers coming in through incoming links.
    – use a redirect to direct readers from incoming links to another page. That might work, but then how do I access my own blog? Wouldn’t I be constantly redirected to the other page?
    – password-protecting every entry. That could work, but it seems like an awful lot of work.

    Again, just looking for some ideas here, so all thoughts and pros/cons are appreciated. THANKS in advance!!!

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  • Why not just install a local version of WP on your computer, copy the DB from your online site, and import it to the local install. Then you can still access everything, but not worry about the server.

    If you need links for local installs,
    OS X
    XP

    Not to be difficult, but, if you install it on your computer then you can lose it if your computer crashes or gets stolen. It would be great to have a semi-protected diary on the web that you can access from anywhere without Google and random passers-by seeing it.

    I use Registered Only Plugin http://dev.wp-plugins.org/browser/registered-only/ from Carthik Sharma.

    If you are not a registered user and logged in to the account you cannot see it.

    The registered-only plugin seems like a really good idea. Does it just provide a blank screen to unregistered-users? [I know, I should test it myself!] I’d like to be able to show *something* “hospitable” to visitors.

    I also like the idea of a local installation, though the backup issue is a good one. I’ll investigate those options as well.

    I’m still brainstorming, more ideas are welcome!! Thanks!!

    The Registered Only plugin shows the normal WordPress login Screen

    A WP database is quite small file. It wouldn’t be that difficult to backup. Servers crash all the time, so unless you are regularly backup up your DB, you still run the risk of losing your site, be it on your home machine, or someone else’s server. If you trust your host to have an updated copy, you are more trusting than I. I use Skippy’s DB backup plugin, and do a physical backup of the entire site monthly.

    Miklb,
    Do you have a link/directions on how to import my online db to my local install?

    The XP directions you pointed me to were great, and that might be the best solution, but I’m not sure how to import my online db into my local installation. [BTW, if it helps, I am familiar with backing up my db using phpMyAdmin, and I can export/backup in MySQL format, or CSV.]

    Many thanks!!! 🙂

    The same page that Podz graciously provides for the XAMPP install has a link for the DB backup.
    http://www.tamba2.org.uk/wordpress/restore/

    Miklb,
    Thanks a ton, I really appreciate your help!!
    I think I’m onto a solution with this…

    Great! and Good luck with the book.

    Thanks again for all the help. Though I will probably end up going the local-install route, I also wanted to include another idea I had [probably the simplest!] for future users who may want to do something similar. I think an equally good solution might be to move my entire WP blog, following the Codex instructions, and then use the registered-only plugin on the newly-moved blog with a non-publicized address. Then I can create whatever I want for a “landing page” at the address of the old blog.

    Thanks again for all the help! The brainstorming was really helpful.

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