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Simple Password Access to Blog?

  1. I've got my blog set up as private right now, so for friends to read it, they need to create a WordPress account and I think set them up as a user.

    Is there a simpler way of doing this? Can people not access a private (or protected) blog using a password without having to set up a WordPress account? I know you can do it for individual blog posts (at least I think you can) but can you do it for the whole blog?

    Thanks so much for any advice - I've read through the help info but found it a bit confusing at times.

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

  2. they need to create a WordPress account and I think set them up as a user.

    That's correct.

    To make your whole wordpressblog password protected:

    1. Settings -> Privacy.
    2. The last option is I would like my blog to be visible only to users I choose.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/privacy-settings/
    3. Check that button and click the Save Changes button.
    4. And now your blog is protected from everyone.
    5. You can – if you want – add up to 35 users who can access the blog.
    6. A paid upgrade offers unlimited private users.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/unlimited-private-users/

    Please be aware that the people you give the URL to are the weakest links that exist. If they post the link anywhere on the internet, or if they share it with anyone, or if they backlink to your blog URL or to any post or page in it -- your privacy will be gone. Doing any og those things will result in your blog being indexed by search engines ant the links will be available to all.

  3. That's the way my blog is set up now - but it's a bit of a pain for people who don't have or don't want a WordPress account for whatever reason. I was hoping for a simpler solution.

    Thank you so much for the input and advice about people sharing the URL.

  4. There is no simple solution. In order to set up secure privacy the wordpress.com software must be able to recognize the official user s. Otherwise there would be an open door for every spammer and flesh peddlar on the internet into blogs. The users so not need to register blogs -- only usernames. It's really not a big deal.

    Also note that WordPress.com uses cookies to keep track of commenters so if if one of your official users makes a comment on your blog, the next time they come to your blog, unless they have cleared their cookies, WordPress.com will recognize them and complete the details for them. No one else will be able to view those details. The next official user who comments will see blank fields. Commenters will not see each other’s details.

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