WordPress Password Protect Page – PPWP Plugin

Description

Password Protect WordPress (PPWP) plugin offers a powerful and all-in-one solution to secure your website with passwords.

Whether you want to password protect WordPress categories, WooCommerce products, a few posts, or your entire website, PPWP plugin will help you do so with ease.

This plugin does not protect images or uploaded files so if you attach the media files to the protected pages or posts, they are still accessible to anyone with the link. Use Prevent Direct Access (PDA) Gold to block their direct file URL access.

Please note that the passwords will be stored in the post meta and this plugin will set a cookie to allow access to the protected pages or posts.

An Inside Look at Password Protect WordPress Pro

Password Protected Features

The Lite version of Password Protect WordPress (PPWP) plugin offers the following features:

Protect WordPress Pages & Posts with Unlimited Passwords

The plugin extends WordPress’s built-in password protection feature and allows you to set multiple passwords per Page and Post. What’s more, you can protect the content with just a single click. Once protected, a random password will be automatically generated for you.

Password Protect WordPress Pages & Posts by User Roles

There is an option allowing you to password protect your WordPress Pages & Posts by user roles. In other words, you can set different passwords for different user roles, i.e. one for subscribers, one for editors role.

Password Protect WordPress Categories

Instead of creating an individual password for each post, you can protect all posts under one or multiple categories at once. Once users unlock a post successfully, they will be able to access the rest of the content automatically.

Password Protect Entire WordPress Site

You can password protect the whole WordPress site with a single password. All your website content including pages, posts, and other custom post types (but not media files) are locked as well.

Partial Content Protection

Partial Content Protection feature allows you to password protect certain sections of a page or post instead of locking the entire content. This is useful to create teaser content which encourages visitors to register to unlock the entire post.

Integrate with Page Builders

Instead of using our shortcode to protect part of content, you can use our built-in module on the top page builders including:

  • Elementor
  • Beaver Builder
  • WPBakery Page Builder
  • Divi Builder: supported; built-in UI block to be released soon

These built-in modules allow you to set passwords, whitelisted roles, customize password forms, and so on via our friendly User Interface. You no longer have to deal with the complex shortcode attributes.

What’s more, with PPWP Pro, you can even protect the entire Elementor’s templates, Beaver Builder’s rows, columns, and page templates as well as limiting and tracking password usage.

Global – Master Passwords

When there are many password protected posts on your website, it becomes difficult and time-consuming to create or manage passwords for each content. That’s when master passwords come in handy.

Users will be able to unlock all protected posts at once with just one master password.

Please note that this feature does not password protect all posts automatically. It simply allows you to use master passwords to unlock every post that you choose to password protect. Original passwords attached to each post will still be working, together with these master (global) passwords.

The master passwords feature also comes with an easy-to-use interface allowing you to create unlimited master passwords and manage all of them in one place. You will have full control to (de)activate, delete passwords as well as restrict usage passwords by usage, time, and user role.

Customize Password Form & Messages with WordPress Customizer

You can customize the sitewide login form as well as the single password form via WordPress built-in customizer.

You will be able to remove or change our default logo to your own for the sitewide login form. You can also change the color and design of the password form to match the look and feel of your website.

As for the single password form, you will be given the ability to change the WordPress default password protected error message as well as password form instruction, namely headline, description, password input placeholder, and button text.

The button and text’s font-size, color, and background can also be customized through a friendly WYSIWYG HTML Editor.

Hide Password Protected Content

By default, your password protected content will still show up on various pages such as home and category page once published.

This feature allows you to control the visibility of your protected post types in different views:

  • Hide posts from Recent Posts widgets
  • Hide posts from Next & Previous link on the single post
  • Hide posts on search results
  • Hide posts from Yoast SEO Google XML Sitemaps, and RSS
  • Hide posts on Frontpage, Author, and Archive pages including tag and category page
  • Protected pages hidden from search results, home page & everywhere they’re listed

Even though the posts are hidden, those who know the URL will still have access to the pages (but not the protected content).

Show Password Protected Content in RSS Feeds

Even though you choose to show password protected content in RSS, a password form will display instead of its actual content by default. With PPWP plugin, you’re able to show all protected content in RSS feeds. There is also an option to make your RSS feeds public even if your site is hidden.

Show Password Protected Post Excerpt

Many WordPress themes hide the post excerpt and featured image of password protected content by default. Enable this option to show excerpt of your password protect posts.

Password’s Cookies Expiration

Users won’t have to keep entering the password to access a protected page or post until its cookies expire. You can change the expiration time on the plugin’s settings page.

Pro Version

Our PPWP Pro version offers many more advanced features:

  • Password protect all WordPress custom post types including WooCommerce Products
  • Password protect custom fields and custom page templates
  • Manage all passwords while editing content or via our friendly popup
  • Create unlimited passwords per user role
  • Create the same passwords for multiple user roles
  • Bypass password protection via quick access links
  • Automatically protect all sub pages with one password
  • Create multiple passwords for each protected category
  • Set the same password for multiple pages
  • Create unlimited global passwords for partial content protection shortcode
  • Redirect to specific URLs after entering site-wide protection passwords
  • Unlock all content at once with Group Password Protection extension
  • Track password usage, i.e. the time they’re logged in, IP address and browser used, with Statistics extension
  • Password protect WordPress categories with different access levels
  • Integrate with Prevent Direct Access Gold to protect files embedded in content
  • Sell password protected content via quick access links with WooCommerce Integration extension.
  • Protect the entire shop page, including individual products and category pages with the same passwords.
  • Require users to provide both password and username or email to unlock protected content with Password Suite extension.
  • Restrict password usage based on WordPress users or IP addresses with Smart Restriction extension.
  • Password protect files outside Media Library

Check out Password Protect WordPress (PPWP) Pro now!

Multilingual supported

Our plugin works out of the box with the top leading multilingual WordPress plugins such as WPML, Polylang, and Loco Translate. In other words, you can translate the password forms, including its headline, description, error message as well as placeholder and button text into the different languages.

Documentation and support

Note that we have to migrate your default WordPress passwords to our systems for our protection to work properly.

You may want to restore all your previously created passwords before deactivating the plugin to avoid all protected pages and posts becoming public.

Please check out these guides on how to password protect WordPress page right way.

Screenshots

  • Protect your private pages and posts with multiple passwords.

  • Click on "Protect" button link for a new random password to be generated automatically.

  • Users don't need to re-enter password when accessing your private content until its cookies expire. Simply change the default value under our plugin's Settings page.

  • It's easy to password protect your whole site with our plugin. Users are required to enter a password when accessing any pages or posts including the homepage.

  • Select which categories you want to protect and set a password. All posts under these categories will be unlocked at the same time.

  • Wrap your private content section with our [ppwp] shortcode.

  • This is what your post will look like after it is published. Visitors have to enter "password1" or "password2" to access the protected content.

  • Type "Password Protection (PPWP)" under the search field to find our built-in element in Elementor.

  • Type "Password Protect WordPress (PPWP)" under search field to find our built-in module in Beaver Builder.

  • These built-in modules allow you to set passwords and whitelisted roles.

  • Customize password forms via our friendly User Interface.

  • Create master passwords to unlock all protected content at once.

  • You have full control over password tracking and restriction, i.e. by time, usage or user roles.

  • Customize password form text and design with WordPress Customizer.

  • This is our default PPWP sitewide login form.

  • This is our default PPWP single password form.

  • Control the visibility of your password protected content.

  • Enable this option to show excerpt of password protected content.

  • Restore default WordPress passwords before deactivating our plugin.

Installation

There are 2 easy ways to install our plugin:

1.The standard way

  • Go to menu Plugins > Add New from your WordPress admin dashboard
  • Search for “WordPress Password Protect Page – PPWP Plugin”
  • Click to install
  • Activate Password Protect WordPress Lite from your Plugins page
  • Go to the editor page and set a secure password to protect your content
  • Read the documentation to get started

2.The nerdy way

  • Download the plugin (.zip file) on the right column of this page
  • In your WordPress Admin, go to menu Plugins > Add New
  • Select the tab “Upload”
  • Upload the .zip file you just downloaded
  • Activate Password Protect WordPress Lite from your Plugins page
  • Go to the editor page and set a secure password to protect your content
  • Read the documentation to get started

FAQ

Why do I get an error message after entering the correct password?

Below are 4 common reasons why the issue happens:

  • You’re protecting content on an ACF or WordPress custom field
  • You’re using a custom page template
  • You’re using a conflicting theme and unsupported page builder plugin
  • You’re using an unsupported caching method and/or plugin

Please follow this guide on how to quickly troubleshoot these common issues. Learn more about why password protected page is not working.

Does the plugin password protect WooCommerce products?

Yes, the Pro version helps password protect any WordPress custom post types, including WooCommerce product pages.

Will my password protected content show up in Google search results?

No, your content won’t appear on Google and other search engine results once password protected by the Pro version. The Free version doesn’t block search engines from finding and indexing your content.

Can I password protect parts of WordPress page content?

Yes, you can secure parts of your post and page content with a password using our [ppwp] shortcode.

Could I create and manage all shortcode passwords at one place?

Yes, you will be able to generate passwords under our plugin’s settings page and then add them to [ppwp] shortcode in order to protect your content sections with Pro version. All these passwords will be tracked and controlled in one place.

Could users see which passwords they’re typing?

Yes, you can add a “show password” button allowing users to see what they’re typing. This button can be added either via WordPress Customizer or manual template modification.

Could I password protect a parent and all its child pages at once?

Yes, the Pro version enables you to automatically password protect child pages once the parent page is locked up.

Reviews

August 6, 2020
I've been a WordPress user for over 10 years and have used tons of different plugins, but I've never been as amazed of a client focused team as these guys & gals. I encountered some challenges with their plugin and what I needed to accomplish. I was directed to their live chat and their team worked over-night (all day in their neck of the woods), to solve my challenges and customize the solution. I've been so impressed with them. I will definitely be a local customer and share this plugin with friends.
August 5, 2020
Grabbed the free version to protect a page for 36 hours and works perfectly! I need some assistance with the design of the form and Aiden went above and beyond, even writing a small line of CSS for me to enter to get it working perfectly! Will be using this form whenever we require password protecting a site. Works well with Divi.
July 25, 2020
I'm so grateful Tim at BWPS [ email deleted ] has been helping for several nights fix some problems with my website. He has gone above and beyond and shown so much knowledge & patience with me and my issues! I can't say enough about how much his help has enabled my site to look impressive and run exceptionally well!
July 21, 2020
Great plugin (free version!) - it does exactly what it is supposed to do. Many thanks!
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Contributors & Developers

“WordPress Password Protect Page – PPWP Plugin” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

1.5.2

  • [Improvement] Auto backup default WordPress passwords
  • [Improvement] Add ppwp shortcode attributes to edit password label and error message
  • [Improvement] Migrate passwords of all post status
  • [BugFix] Description of pcp form displays wrong when enable “Use Shortcode within Page Builder” option
  • [BugFix] Post excerpts don’t display when enable “Use Custom Form Action” option
  • [BugFix] Conflict with Impreza theme when displaying pcp form
  • [BugFix] Post is not protected with the password role is 0
  • [BugFix] Fix PHP Notice: register_rest_route notice happened with WP 5.5

1.5.1

  • [HotFix] Remove category ID in cookie

1.5.0

  • [Feature] Protect content with one click
  • [Feature] Protect categories with a single password
  • [Improvement] Share hook to customize sitewide login form header and footer
  • [BugFix] ppwp shortcode breaks page structures created by page builders
  • [BugFix] ppwp shortcode inserted into Group block doesn’t work properly
  • [BugFix] ppwp shortcode doesn’t work on IE 11
  • [BugFix] Get WP_Customize_Section fatal error when activating the plugin

1.4.5.1

  • [Feature] Share hook to handle tabs in sitewide sub-menu
  • [Improvement] Improve individual password form customizer
  • [BugFix] Use space instead of in single password form
  • [Improvement] Share hook to support custom form before rendering the password form.

1.4.5

  • [Feature] Add option which forces to show content
  • [Feature] Allow users customize sitewide protection
  • [Feature] Display error message for sitewide protection
  • [Feature] Improve password form and customizer function
  • [Improvement] Move sitewide tab in sub-menu
  • [Improvement] Page visibility function always run in frontend
  • [BugFix] Allow displaying content in RSS while in protection

1.4.4

  • [BugFix] Only load asserts (js) when rendering the shortcode.
  • [Improvement] Fire hooks in shortcode content, password handling and redirection.

1.4.3.2

  • [HotFix] Security issue when do not encode the callback query param’s value

1.4.3.1

  • [HotFix] Using ob_flush after ob_end_clean that throws warning message in password form

1.4.3

  • [BugFix] Cannot redirect if Referrer policy is no-referrer
  • [BugFix] Whitelist role not working as example on settings
  • [BugFix] Conflict with PPP because of using template_redirect
  • [Improvement] Improve Customize individual page with WP Customizer
  • [Feature] Add troubleshooting checklist
  • [Feature] Customize password form description for each page

1.4.2

  • Fix shortcode wrong error message for unregistered custom post types
  • Add “Show Post Excerpt” option
  • Fix caching issue with SG Optimizer plugin

1.4.1

  • Allow translating password forms with WPML & other top multilingual plugins

1.4.0

  • Add option to hide password protected content
  • Improve integrating with caching plugins feature

1.3.0

  • Enable Free users to customize Password Form
  • Create global passwords for pages and posts
  • Add hook whether to show/hide the password form
  • Entire site feature changes site title
  • Shortcode – Integrate with Beaver Builder
  • Shortcode – Integrate with Page Builders

1.2.3.4

  • Fix fatal error when WP version is under 4.7

1.2.3.3

  • Fix warning with add_submenu_page function on WP version 5.3
  • Fix style to compatible with WP 5.3
  • Add hook after shortcode settings UI
  • Add the filters that can adapt the new attributes

1.2.3.2

  • Using the post_class instead of body_class that helps part of content feature works well

1.2.3.1

  • Change Whitelist Roles -> Whitelisted Roles
  • Write unit test for part of content and password core service classes
  • Apply unit test in building and development process
  • Handle password form WooCommerce product when removing “woocommerce_before_single_product”
  • Run automation test of Pro version in building and deployment process
  • Show error and UI displays wrong
  • Unprotected post becomes protected when activating PPWP Pro
  • Fix not update post in gutenberg when use ppw

1.2.3

  • HotFix for debug mode flag

1.2.2

  • HotFix for debug mode flag

1.2.1

  • Optimize & Remove Unnecessary CSS & JS files
  • Fix issue with the_password_form
  • Show error message under password field
  • Add new feature part of the content password protection

1.2.0

  • Revamp the architecture design

1.1.2.2

  • Fatal error when activating Pro & Lite version
  • Show notification when enter wrong password

1.1.2.1

  • Password Protect Entire Site is enabled but the password field is empty
  • Password Protect Entire Site doesn’t work if Cookies Expiration Time is more than 9999 days
  • WP logo is missing on sub pages
  • Can’t submit after error notification display in Chrome
  • Auto login a protected page without entering a password
  • The page reloads after entering the correct password
  • Integrate with WP Fastest Cache
  • Integrate with W3 Total Cache
  • Integrate with WP Super Cache
  • Show notice not work with sites use caching
  • Update the text when visitors can’t see the password field
  • Support users which have multiple roles

1.1.2

  • Separate the password protected by roles from the page’s content update.
  • Set password for Admin, when log-in by Editor then not enter the password.
  • Resolve the data conflict between gold and free version

1.1.1

  • Add new features that users can set the post’s visibility with multiple passwords.
  • Change cookies lifetime to 1 day.
  • Enhance the css for the metabox.

1.0.0

  • Add UI in the pages/posts that allow users to set a password for each user role.