Restricting public access to a whole blog site
Then the short form is, you can’t do what you want.
The reason people have to re-input the password from time to time is, they are clearing the cookies out from their computer. This is a GOOD thing, otherwise anyone on those computers could read your blog. Imagine if somoene’s laptop went missing.
Adding people as Users doesn’t give them any extra privileges other than reading.
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Search “password protect entire blog”
As I mentioned in my opening (long) post, “I have looked…” and that included searching the forums.
Search Results for: password protect entire blog
* Password Protect Entire Blog?
* password protect entire blog for users who aren’t logged in?
* Password protect entire blog
The fist thread, the questioner was immediately told to “Please link your username to your blog.” and the question was never answered. That sucks.
The second one only elicited one actual “answer” in 9 posts. “The password-protect option works with registered users only. They don’t have to sign up for a blog – just a user name.” A problem I covered in my question.
The last one terminates with Devblog saying he answered it elsewhere, which then goes to a thread about self-hosted blogs, which doesn’t apply.
So, as I had already found- there is no useful info there. I try to ensure that I’m not asking redundant or already answered questions, so I had already done a pretty thorough search on various keywords.
This is my blog: http://littlesophia.wordpress.com
I understand the cleared cookies. And I personally like it. But my older guests (60’s & 70’s) don’t. But that’s not the big question I asked.
As to adding users, my question indicates that adding a user gives them far more control than reading. Again, I researched this before I asked.
To add someone who already has a WordPress.com account:
1. Log in to your dashboard.
2. Click on the Users -> Authors & Users menu option.
3. In the Add User From Community section at the bottom, enter the author’s email address in the User E-mail box
4. Select either Contributor, Author or Editor in the Role list
5. Click the Add User button
Even the lowest Role- Contributor- does a lot more than read- they can write posts… see the dashboard, and more! I DON’T want that.
A contributor can edit their posts but cannot publish them. When a contributor creates a post…
So, my question still stands, how do I lock down my blog with one password…
without forcing everyone to become a User and then me having to assign them a Role with more privileges than just reading,
That specifically uses the term “users” to refer to people invited to read a private blog. Invite them following that procedure.
As stated above, there is NO way to lock your entire blog with one password, other than to password-protect every post and use the same password each time.
Wanting the same thing, can’t figure out how to do it, also have small children and not much free time.
You could try using this:
and using the “private” function for which you can specify users.
I’m with raincoaster on this:
As stated above, there is NO way to lock your entire [wordpress.com] blog with one password, other than to password-protect every post and use the same password each time.
The Posterous privacy function is no easier to use than the WordPress.com one.
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