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  • I have a page that I want to password protect, but it is based on a page template that pulls in all the data to be displayed outside of WordPress, not from the post content. When I password protect the post, it does nothing to protect the content. How can I tie into the WordPress system to protect that content?

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    i was hoping that get_the_content() would return false if the page is password protected. This way we can determine when to show a password prompt.

    I’d really like to be able to tie into the password system.

    i hear ya… I’m having the same problem… I started working on a plugin that will enable a conditional tag so that this is possible

    I know that it is possible but haven’t been getting anywhere with it…

    Turns out I don’t need to write a plugin that does this… The conditional function that you want to use is…


    Basically, this returns a true value if you are entered the password on the page or if the cookie is set.

    It took some digging but, this helped me out a great deal…

    Could it be something like…

    if(!empty($post->post_password) and $_COOKIE['wp-postpass_' . COOKIEHASH] != $post->post_password)){
     // here what to tell the visitor: it's a protected page blah
    the_content(); // here we ask WP to ask for a password, content should be blank
    if (isset($_COOKIE['wp-postpass_' . COOKIEHASH])
     and $_COOKIE['wp-postpass_' . COOKIEHASH] == $post->post_password){
      // here it's the protected stuff...

    (taken from wp support forum)

    Hope it’s clear or helpful…

    In case you are looking to modify the generic “This post is password protected. To view..” form, you can add a filter into the functions.php file, like so:

    add_filter('the_password_form', 'custom_the_password_form');
    function custom_the_password_form() {
      return $output;

    You can view the original code in post-template.php on lines 1132 – 1141.

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