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Restrict Content

Restrict Content to registered users only. This is a simple plugin that will allow you to easily restrict complete posts / pages to logged in users on

14 reviews
Average Rating
3.9 out of 5 stars
nice idea, MAJOR FLAW
By , for WP 4.2.2

I decided to give this plugin a try based on some online reviews (apparently, shills) that every feature in this plugin implemented by the developer was not accidental. And that, the developer is a “legend” in the wordpress community. That might be, but let's keep this focused on giving a real review on this plugin.

I wasted time to figure out how this worked to find out in the end it has very limited, if any, usability.

The idea behind this is interesting however its implementation is lacking. We tried the following:
created a free subscription only
anyone registering through this plugin's register page gets instant access to the restricted content

Before you jump to say this is the whole purpose of this plugin intends to do, let's see the flaws.

We do not want just anyone or any user to register and get free access to the content. This is why we looked for and found a user moderation plugin which allows to keep newly registered users in pending registration stage while limiting their access to the restricted content until confirmed by the admin.

The problem is that Restrict Content plugin does not obey this requirement and this plugin creates a breach in the user management system allowing users to still have access to the content despite not being approved/confirmed.

Also, upon removing the plugin, the following tables were not deleted from the database:
- _rcp_discounts
- _rcp_payments
- _restrict_content_pro

Currently looking at Press Permit Pro, maybe that plugin is really worth what they are asking for, this one not so much.

I would happily change my rating if the developer would suggest a solution.

Simple and effective. Even works with custom post types out of the box.
By , for WP 4.2.2

An excellent plugin. I didn't think that it would work out the box as well as it did - very little configuration required. It just works - brilliantly.

Great job.

help came
By ,

Pippin was very helpful finding out why the plugin did not work as expected on my website. The issue is that only admin can post, edit or approve anything, so i loaded a plugin to change user role permissions.

Pippin did figure that out.

Otherwise, this is a very easy plugin to use.

Terrific Plugin
By , for WP 4.1.1

I have been using this plugin on multiple websites for restricting visitors from accessing membership-like pages. It has worked exactly as it is described to. It was very simple to set up and get working. I highly recommend this plugin if you are looking for something to restrict content.

Unfinished product.
By , for WP 4.1.1

I had high hopes for this plugin, largely because of the author's notoriety with WordPress plugins.

  1. My main reason for wanting this plugin was to protect media pages. As I could not get it to work, I asked a support question and learned from Pippin Williamson that the plugin can NOT restrict media pages. I don't see why the plugin options should appear on pages that cannot be restricted by the plugin. Not good.
  2. Another issue is that no matter which restriction option is chosen, comments still appear on a protected post. So visitors may see a whole bunch of comments with no article or context. Not good.
  3. Only the Administrator restriction gives a message on a protected post: "Administrator rights required to acess this page" (including spelling error). The other restriction options, Editor, Author, Contributor and Subscriber give no message. This also makes item 2 worse because there is no explanation when restricted by Editor, Author, Contributor and Subscriber. Not good.
  4. Excerpts of restricted posts (including featured image) are still showing up on the blog page no matter which level of protection is chosen. Not good.

Summary: As described above, Restrict Content has several issues, and IMO has little value. If you can't find a better free plugin, look for a paid plugin, or hire a plugin developer to create one. With an unfinished plugin like this, I have wasted my time and got an unpleasant experience which I do not care to repeat, so I have no incentive to check out the paid version by the same author.

Update:
After uninstalling this plugin, I discovered that this plugin does not uninstall itself completely.

When editing a page, there are 2 leftover references in the Custom fields section. In the drop down menu where is says 'Select', the following two values are still present: rcFeedHide and rcUserLevel. The author is not alone in this error; I notice that a few other deleted plugins have also left orphan references here. Although benign, it is still an error and an irritation. I have degraded my rating from 2 stars to 1 star.

Gooood!
By , for WP 4.0.1

Thank you. Very powerful stuff!

No way for subscribers to log in
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Does not work.

Works !
By , for WP 3.8.1

Works !

What about COMMENTS?
By , for WP 3.8.1

The restriction of the post itself seems to work great, but at least for an existing post I noticed that the comments are still visible even when not logged in. Aren't they part of the post and shouldn't they also be restricted...or at least have the option? In our case the comments reveal what is in the post itself and are as, if not more, important than the post itself. Thanks!

Not working with 3.6.1
By , for WP 3.6.1

Working with 3.6.1. Thanks!

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