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Private Access to my Website for non-WordPress users

  1. I just created a new website via WordPress.com. I purposely set this up for Private viewing with the intent of sharing my work (gallery of images) with clients for viewing purposes only (not looking for clients to contribute, comment or post). I want my website to be hidden from the public eye and avoid Google search engines results.

    When done, I was excited to share my work and sent a few invitations to clients and quickly discovered that clients were required to create an account with WordPress.com before viewing my site.

    This is an awkward hassle which I did not expect to impose on my clients whose only intent is to look at my work. I would be willing to pay a fee to avoid this hassle of having clients being required to create a WordPress account.

    I researched WordPress.com to see if I could create a password log in page for my website so that a client who receives my personal email invitation would be given a password to log in and not be required to create an account.

    After researching the Support forums, I am sadly discovering that I may have to transfer my website over to the self-hosting WordPress.ORG world to avoid this hassle.

    I like the benefits of using WordPress.com and the convenience of not having to worry about the set up and maintenance as expected on the WordPress.org side. I understand WordPress.com is free ... yet I am willing to pay WordPress.com a fee to have a password protected log in page.

    Would WordPress.com consider this as an option for users like myself.

    I am struggling to figure out what my next steps would be if this is not an option. Any help or suggestions from you would be sincerely appreciated.

    Thank you!

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

  2. Anyone who wants access to a Private blog on WordPress.com needs a WordPress.com identity. There is no other way to verify who they are.

    If you want, you can simply password protect every page and use the same password, and then they don't need an identity. This is much less secure, though.

    There are no other workarounds.

  3. You can also set up a separate page and password for each client individually. There's no limit on the number of pages you can create.

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