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How does the Private Site function work for the Invited User?

  1. I am setting up my site as a "private" site (in order to protect the content being shared with only trusted viewers). My question is just a little clarification on how the invited viewers get access and manage their log in information.

    Here is what I understand:
    1. I set my site to "private" so I can invite viewers. DONE.
    2. Send invitations to viewers via email listing.

    HERE is where I want to understand better:
    3. The invited viewer receives an email to join my blog (site).
    4. When they click on Accept, they are prompted for a WordPress log in.

    So, my understanding is that unless they are already WordPress users (which a majority are not in my case) then they will need to set up a WordPress User Name and Password, correct?

    Further, once they set up their WordPress User and Password, then in the future they will need to manage their own password (and reset if forgotten) directly with the WordPress system, correct? Meaning as I am the Admin for my site, I am not responsible for passwords, etc. I just manage who I invite, correct?

    I just want to ensure I fully understand the process so when I invite my audience, I can pre-position the process for them. Some of them are a little technically challenged.

    Thanks in advance!

    The blog I need help with is litventurer.com.

  2. So, my understanding is that unless they are already WordPress users (which a majority are not in my case) then they will need to set up a WordPress User Name and Password, correct?

    Further, once they set up their WordPress User and Password, then in the future they will need to manage their own password (and reset if forgotten) directly with the WordPress system, correct? Meaning as I am the Admin for my site, I am not responsible for passwords, etc. I just manage who I invite, correct?

    You got it!!

    PS - they don't need a blog just the account - a blog name will be reserved for them that is the same as their account name - If they do get a blog when they don't want one - don't worry - don't delete it they might change their mind and want the blog in the future

  3. Gee, are you sure they need an account? I am not too experienced with this, but I have designated a user of a new site, and thought all they had to do is to accept the invitation. Perhaps I am wrong.

  4. Yes, they need an account, otherwise there is no way for WP.com to determine who is allowed to read the blog and who isn't.

  5. Gee, are you sure they need an account?

    Yes - that is how you make sure that it is the real person that is visiting your blog - without the account - say just a password - passwords get passed around and you have no idea who is visiting your blog

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