There are numerous plugins and strategies for creating a members area on your WordPress website. This is an easy and simple way that doesn’t involve any of that.
You just password restrict certain pages or posts in WordPress and thereby allowing you to create membership areas on your site. To administrate the process you can have your members on a specific email list so you can share or even update the password.
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How to create a private members area in WordPress
1. Create a new page or post, or edit a current one then look in the right hand channel in the Edit Page/Post area in the Publish section. Click on the Edit link and you will be presented with a few options.
- Public – Google will index the page and anyone from the public will be able to access the page.
- Password protected – Only people with password access will be able to view the content on the page.
- Private – Google will not index the page and only administrators will be able to see the content.
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2. Choose Password protected and enter a password. Write it down and makes sure you broadcast any changes to the password to your current members.
3. Click Publish or Update and test the page from another browser to make sure it works as expected.
What the public will see:
For simplicities sake it may be convenient to use just one page and list all your restricted or membership content in the one place, but if you do have multiple pages remember to make the password the same for each one.
You now have a very simple but effective membership area on your WordPress website.
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