How to Restrict Access to a Website’s Particular Page in WordPress

One of the primary purposes of having a website is to allow people to access information about you, your products, and/or your services. While this may be a good thing, it also means that people can discover your website and potentially learn more about you than you want them to know. One way of limiting this access is by creating individual pages with restricted access. Using WordPress as a content management system (CMS), this can be done quickly and easily by utilizing its Security & Login features. In this post, we’ll discuss how to create a restricted access page in WordPress.

Step one: Create a login page

As mentioned above, one way of limiting access to your website is by creating a login page. While it may be tempting to just create a generic login page and have users self-register, this can be problematic if you want to restrict certain parts of the website to registered users while allowing others to be open to the public. For example, you may not want your blog posts to be searchable by the general public but you may want to allow your business partners to search for content published prior to their involvement in your business.

Taking this a step further, if your blog is going to be used to educate your readers about your products and services, you may want to restrict certain blog posts to registered users. While this may be acceptable for one post, it becomes a problem when you want to allow users to post new content constantly.

The key to creating a restricted access page in WordPress is by using a special URL (Uniform Resource Locator) that will direct the user to the login page when they try to access a restricted part of your site. In our case, we will use www.example.com/login for this purpose. When a user enters this URL in their browser, they will be presented with the WordPress login screen.

Step two: Create a registration page

Once a user has logged in, they will then be presented with a WordPress dashboard. From here, they can click on the Register button to go to your registration page. This is where you can collect the user’s personal details and information about their site (if any).

On this page, you will want to give the user the option to generate a password and then set the password policy. You will also want to let the user know that they can choose a username for their account. A frequently used username is username and this can be an easy way of differentiating multiple users on your site.

Once the user has completed the registration process, they will be redirected to the login page as desired. This is where we can limit the user’s access to the site based on their login status and the type of content they have published. From here, they can navigate to any other part of the site to read content or perform other actions.

Step three: Create a restricted area of the website

As mentioned above, once a user has logged in, they can navigate to any other part of the site to read content or perform other actions. From here, return to the login page and click on the Admin button to get back to your WordPress admin dashboard.

In the left hand column, you will see a variety of links and buttons, some of which are limited access. For example, if you have a blog post that you only want registered users to access, you can simply go to its Settings page and click on the “Register” link.

This will then bring up the WordPress registration screen where you can choose a user name and password. If you are really feeling extra secure, you can opt to require a verification email to be sent to your inbox before creating an account.

Once the account is created, you can then edit the content and change the theme of the page as needed. To remove all traces of this WordPress login page, navigate to the Admin section of your admin dashboard and click on the Settings button (as circled). From here, you can find the Theme Options link and change the theme of the page to be the Twenty Fourteen theme.

Bonus tip

If you are using the Yoast SEO plugin for WordPress, you can easily turn on the restricted area feature from its Settings page. Simply navigate to the General settings and look for the option named “Restrict Access to Specific Pages.””