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How to set your WordPress blog to private

Setting your WordPress site to private can be useful in certain scenarios, but is most commonly used when you want to discourage search engines from indexing your website.

First, login to the WordPress administration dashboard and navigate to Settings > Reading.

Now click the tickbox for Discourage search engines from indexing this site.

Search Engine Visibility settings in WordPress

Setting WordPress posts to private

Another method of keeping areas of your site private is to set individual WordPress posts to private, which will prevent users who don’t have permission from viewing the page.

Navigate to Posts, and click edit on the post you wish to make private.

Now go to the top right of the post and click the Document tab. If you then click Public in the Visibility area, you’ll be able to choose the visibility of your page.

Visibility settings in WordPress

Once you’ve chosen the visibility level for this post, click Save Changes to make the post private.

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