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  • What’s the best way to set up a private blog, one just a few people can read?

    The best I’ve been able to come up with is password-protecting the WordPress directory, but that’s somewhat awkward.


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  • I’d actually like something similar. Like a public section of my site and a private section where only logged in users could see certain parts. In fact, what would be ideal is if there could be a “private” category so that when something is linked to that category, it requires a password.


    kwdavids, an example index.php (for the root of your blog, not the index.php with your theme) to get you going:

    $siteurl = 'http://my-blog-site';

    $cookiehash = md5($siteurl);
    if(empty($_COOKIE['wordpressuser_' . $cookiehash])) :
    header('Location: '/wp-login.php');
    else :
    define('WP_USE_THEMES', true);

    Provide the same address for $siteurl as the one for the WordPress address (URI) setting in Options > General. It has to match exactly. And in the header() argument make sure ‘Location’ is correct for the path to wp-login.php. Alternatively you can point to any document (of your own devising), or display a modified login, or whatever you feel is appropriate.

    Kristina, a couple plugin options you could take a look at:

    Kafkaesqui! Thanks so much. I added both plug-ins and they are doing exactly what it is that I wanted them to do 🙂


    That second link on isn’t valid anymore, what’s the best way of making most of the blog posts private while still leaving a few public ones given wordpress 2.0.4?

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