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Password protect the whole blog!

  1. For the love of all that is holy, I just want to password protect my whole blog so I can post some pictures of my family that I don't want the universe to see--while not requiring my grandma to sign up for wordpress. Why on earth is this so difficult?

  2. Unfortunately to be added as a viewer on a private blog such a yours a person will need a wordpress.com account. No way around it, I'm afraid. Here's the relevant support doc: http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/privacy-settings/#viewing-a-private-blog

    Another option would be to make the blog public, but password protect individual posts. Instructions here: http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/post-visibility/#password-protect-a-post

  3. Why on earth is this so difficult?

    No, it is not difficult.

    3. I would like my blog to be visible only to users I choose – Select this option to create a private blog. If you want others to be able to view your private blog (and add comments, if you’ve enabled them) you’ll need to invite them to be a viewer.

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/privacy-settings/

  4. My understanding is that this is not the case. You can have a private blog, and invite viewers, but those viewers must be WordPress members. This is simply not an option for my family--email is an accomplishment for some of them--there is no way they are signing up for WordPress. Tumblr allows me to password protect the whole blog, hand out the password and post to my heart's content. It seems completely bonkers to me that this is apparently not an option for casual WordPress users as well. Could I host my own site and upload plugins? I guess. But that's a big learning curve for me. My searching has made it clear I'm not the only person who just wants a password protect option.

  5. Tumblr allows me to password protect the whole blog, hand out the password and post to my heart's content.

    I had to do the same thing in the past for an internal office newsletter. We wanted to share it with employees but not the outside world. And I didn't want them all to have to create a login. I created one WP account as a "follower" (http://en.support.wordpress.com/user-roles/) and then gave everyone the login and password. It allowed me to keep control of changing the password from time to time as well.

    It will not "alert" your family as new stuff is put up, but you can do that easily with an email from yourself since they at least can do that. ;) I also made sure I put the login information in the email as a convenience for our employees.

    Probably not the best way to do it, but it worked in our situation. :)

  6. Oh...and you will have to use a different email for the follower than the one you use as administrator. :)

  7. Ah, that might work! Thanks Mindy!!

  8. You are most welcome! Happy blogging! :)

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