Much like keeping a traditional journal, WordPress blogging started out as a simple and free way to jot down your ideas and keep track of your thoughts. And aren’t personal journals and diaries supposed to be private? If you want to restrict access to your WordPress site so only you or a few of your friends can read your posts, follow the simple steps of this tutorial and learn how to make your blog private.
Do you want your WordPress blog to be completely private so only you can see it? Or, should your blog only be visible to just you and some friends? Maybe you don’t care who reads your blog, but you just don’t want your blog posts to be indexed or show up in search engine results.
Tutorial: Can I Make My WordPress Website Private?
Whether you want to hide your WordPress blog from the public or just from search engines like Google, you’ll need to reconfigure the setup of your blog’s Privacy Settings. How do you do this? First, navigate to your WordPress website’s dashboard. Click on the Settings tab and then Reading on the lefthand column of your blog’s dashboard.
How to Hide Your WordPress Blog from Google & Other Search Engines
If you don’t really care who reads your blog but just don’t want your blog entries to show up in Google’s search results, all you have to do is change the selected option to Discourage search engines from indexing this site under your Site Visibility Options.
That’s all you have to do to stop your blog from showing up in the SERPs. However, if you want your website to be completely private so even visitors who accidentally come across your website can’t read your blog, you’ll need to take a few more steps.
How to Make Your WordPress Blog Completely Private
If you want your WordPress blog to only be visible to you and some of your friends,you’ll want to install the “Private Only” plugin. Now only logged in users can view your blog or website.
If you would like only your friends to be able to read your blog updates, you’ll need to invite them. Since your blog will not be visible to the public eye, your friends and readers will need usernames and passwords in order to read your WordPress blog. To invite new friends to read your private WordPress website, click on the Users tab on your WordPress dashboard and then click Add New. When you’re all done, click Send this password to the new user by email to invite the new user.
As you can see, making your WordPress blog private is not that difficult to do. Remember, WordPress is all about sharing your ideas and thoughts with a global online audience. If you change your mind and decide you would like to make your blog and website public again, all you have to do is change your Site Visibility Options back to Allow search engines to index this site under Reading >> Settings on your blog’s dashboard and deactivate the “Private Only” plugin.
Jessica Rockwell is a blogger and internet marketer for Top Search Internet. TopSearchNet offers good deals on high speed DSL internet, TV and home phone service.