You would think that the owner of every single WordPress site out there would want as many visitors as possible, but you’d be wrong.
There are plenty of reasons why you would want to keep a blog as private as possible. Perhaps you’re using it as an project site in conjunction with the awesome P2 theme and you only want the project members seeing the posts and responding or perhaps you have just set up a site for you newly born and you want to share those early updates with just your family.
Whatever the reason may be, the solution needs to be more than just going to Settings, Privacy and select I would like to block search engines, but allow normal visitors.
The Absolute Privacy plugin by John Kolbert does exactly what it the title suggests; it turns your blog into the ultimate private blog and it’s not shy in features too:
- Prevent subscribers from viewing admin pages (like their profile page and the dashboard)
- Complete customization of notification emails
- Redirect non-logged in visitors to either the login page or a custom post/page!
- Allow access to specific posts or pages for non-logged in users
- Full RSS privacy control! Disable completely, enable completely, limit to headlines only, or limit to a specific number of characters
John recently added the Full RSS privacy control and that really makes this plugin a must-have for any WordPress site you want to keep hidden from the general public. To get a good grasp of what this plug-in can do for you can watch the following video review:
Now, the next time you want to use a public domain to discuss your plans for the upcoming weekend with your friends, but don’t want everybody listening in, use Absolute Privacy.
This article first appeared on BloggingPro: Do You Need Absolute Privacy?