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I want to keep my blog private and only allow those I want to be able to see it

  1. I am trying to set up a blog for neighbors and don't want it to appear to the general public. I want neighbors to subscribe to the blog when I invite them. I suspect that I will want to change passwords from time to time for security. PLEASE HELP For that matter, is there a WordPress for Dummies book? I also want to learn how to have the 'About' page appear without using the /about/ tag after the X.wordpress.com URL

    The blog I need help with is ipedal311.wordpress.com.

  2. yes there is a WordPress for Dummies book - by that title and it is good

    Dashboard >> Settings >> Reading >> Site Visibility >> I would like my site to be private, visible only to users I choose

    Your visitors will need to have their own WordPress.COM account - but they don't need a blog

    Since it is by user they have their own passwords and you don't need to worry about that part - yes someone could pass their ID around

  3. Wow! Thanks for your prompt reply. Is the book available on Amazon or at book stores? I have tried the Dashboard >> Settings >> Reading >> Site Visibility >> I would like my site to be private, visible only to users I choose thing and it seems like I can still get into the blog. While I am mooching free advice, can objectionable posts be removed by the administrator? Can any reader who has been invited remove a post as well? Thanks again. Fred (a.k.a. ipedal311)

  4. Is the book available on Amazon or at book stores?

    Yes - sorry I forgot who wrote it and don't see my copy close

    objectionable posts be removed by the administrator?

    Yes - the Admin is God on the blog

    See roles: http://en.support.wordpress.com/user-roles/

    There is a difference between someone that can view a Private Blog and someone that can write anything more than a comment

    WordPress.COM sets a cookie when you are logged in - it remembers that you should have access to that blog - log out and try again

    Can any reader who has been invited remove a post as well?

    No - see above - a Viewer can't do anything but read the blog and leave comments (if you have comments enabled)

  5. Thanks a ton. My head is spinning. I did order the book on Amazon between posts to you. I am also reading the links you had posted. I really appreciate your help. I am trying to do a blog for my home owners association and want it to be private for residents here. I think this is the way to go.

  6. This should work fine for a HOA

    You be welcome & good luck

  7. Hi, Is there a widget that will allow me to set up a log in page before people can see my blog?

  8. My question exactly. I finally got my WordPress for Dummies book today and it seems to have instructions for making a blog POST password secure but I want to have a password requirement for entering the entire blog at all. This is for members of our HOA only so I don't want anyone to even get beyond the front gate guard. Can this be done?

  9. See:

    Dashboard >> Settings >> Reading >> Site Visibility >> I would like my site to be private, visible only to users I choose

    Visitors will need a WordPress.COM account, but not a blog

  10. Thanks. I will try it out.

  11. I set it that way and then I clicked to refresh the screen to get onto the home page and it showed right up without requesting a password. I can't figure out what I am doing wrong.

  12. This is the address of the blog that I want to keep closed to the public.
    http://belmontattriplecrownhoa.wordpress.com

  13. WordPress for Dummies book today and it seems to have instructions for making a blog POST password secure

    You can password protect individual posts:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/post-visibility/

    But, IMO, for your purpose, that would be unwise. For one thing, you'd have to tell each and everyone the passwords (unless you used the same password for each post…). For another: Anyone could share / leave written notes / forget passwords to the posts.

  14. @ipedal311
    Log out. Then try.
    I see it is a private blog so I cannot read it without an invitation.

  15. I want to password protect the whole blog. Each member/resident will be given the password to see the blog in the neighborhood paper newsletter or via email. The idea is that JQ Public won't be able to see anything other than a login page if they type in the XXXHOA.wordpress.com URL. Security will exist by sending by email a new password every month so that people who move away will no longer have access to the blog.

  16. I will do that. This is one of three blogs that I have. Do I log out of all of them or just this one? Thanks. I think I am getting closer.

  17. Log out of the account with the blog you want to be private.

    Note: an account can have many blogs in it. Is that your case: one email you used to set up all three? Or did you use different email addresses to set up each of your accounts?

  18. UGH. I used one email address to set up all three. Worse yet, I can't figure out how to log out. Also, I have what I think is a second page that I'd like to have in the header. I suspect there is a way to cut the second page after copying it and then paste it onto the header but in a different font. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your help. I am under the gun to get this thing on line and active.

  19. If all else fails you can log out at the top of this page on the right side

    Nothing wrong with having all three blogs in the same account - once they are set up and running you can transfer them to another account if you want - takes less than 3 minutes

  20. Also, I have what I think is a second page that I'd like to have in the header. I suspect there is a way to cut the second page after copying it and then paste it onto the header but in a different font.

    We can help you, but because your site is private we volunteers cannot see exactly what you are asking about. So once you are assured the site is private you could switch it back to public (temporarily) for us to advise you…

  21. Okay. I unpassword protected it so you should be able to get into the blog. Here are my tripping up points.
    --I seem to have erased the title page. Can I put it back up? Can I edit it at a later date?
    --The 'About this Blog' piece is something I would like to have appear on the top every time someone checks in as it has the instructions for the blog. It seems like anyone can edit it. How do I lock it in so only I can change it?
    --It seems like I was successful in keeping people who are not residents from being able to get in, but when I sent an invitation to my wife's email, it instructed her to login and wound up with her being asked if she wanted to start another blog of her own, thus, how does an invitee sign in and see the blog?
    --Given the instructions, I need to know how to delete posts older than 30 days old or that may be objectionable.

    Thanks of your willingness to help.

  22. Oh yeah. I want to have another password protected blog for another group with similar parameters. I don't want to use the same password for both groups. Do I have to set each one up using a different email address? Right now, I have a page for each group and also one that I just experimented with. Can I delete that last one or is it in the ethersphere forever?

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