Make Blog Private
Can the blog be made to accept only a limited group to read and comment
The blog I need help with is jonathanrachpowell.wordpress.com.
See this support doc first https://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/privacy-settings/
If you wish to make some people official users of your WordPress.COM site with limited user roles read on.
What I post below applies only to sites hosted by wordpress.COM.
You cannot password protect a whole wordpress.COM site. You can password protect posts and/ or pages on a site.
You can have either a public or a private WordPress.COM hosted blog and there is no limitation on the total number of contributors to any blog. If you’d like to invite others to publish posts or help approve comments on your blog, you can invite them to be a Contributor, Editor, or Author. Contributors cannot upload images. If you want users to receive updates each time you publish new content you can invite them to be a follower/viewer.
Provided you are logged in as Admin under the exact same username account that registered the site, to change blog visibility to Private go to > Settings > Reading scroll to Blog Visibility and choose option 3. See the guide here http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/privacy-settings. If you select option 1 then the blog will be a public one, available to all with internet access to read.
If you wish to add official users see these support docs:
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