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How to Password Protect Your WordPress Site While Under Development

Posted by Kaveri Bharali on December 4, 2020

Launch time is always exciting. And what better way to generate a buzz than to add a great coming soon page to let people know that something exciting is on the way?

But what if you want to grant site access to a few select people while under development?

Password protecting your WordPress site is an excellent way to keep your design clients updated on your progress or show off a new development site to clients before you officially launch. You can use it for your blog, a single post or page, an eCommerce store, or even your entire website.

In this post, we’ll tell you how to password protect your WordPress site while under development, so only select people can view your new site in progress.

How to Password Protect WordPress While Under Development

Want to know “how do I make my WordPress site down for maintenance?”

Currently, there isn’t an option in WordPress to password protect a WordPress site all at once.

To password protect WordPress in its entirety, you’ll need to integrate your website with a 3rd party password-protected plugin.

Although WordPress offers several 3rd party plugins to choose from, the SeedProd landing page builder plugin is the best choice.

Using this WordPress plugin, let’s check out how to hide your WordPress site during development.

If you prefer to read the written instructions, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Download and Install SeedProd

SeedProd landing page plugin to password protect wordpress site while under development

The first step in learning how to hide your WordPress site during development is downloading the SeedProd plugin.

SeedProd is the best WordPress landing page builder with coming soon and maintenance mode functionality that you can turn on and off with a single click.

The plugin comes with a library of fully customizable pre-built layouts that you can use right away, such as:

It also works with all major WordPress themes and child themes.

You can fully control your coming soon page design with its intuitive drag and drop page builder. It also lets you add various elements to your page, including a countdown timer, progress bar, optin form, shortcodes, anchor links, and more.

drag and drop landing page builder

With SeedProd, you can easily password protect a part of your website or the entire site homepage without needing technical knowledge.

Even though your WordPress site will be password-protected, search engines like Google will still be able to crawl it. This means you can continue to maintain your search rankings despite having protected content.

Once you’ve downloaded the SeedProd plugin, follow these instructions to install a WordPress plugin.

Once you install and activate the plugin, you’ll be redirected to the license key page, where you need to verify your key. This key will be sent to your registered email address upon purchasing the plugin.

Activate the seedprod landing page builder plugin

Once the key is verified, you are ready to use the plugin to password protect your website while it’s still under development.

Step 2: Create a Coming Soon or Maintenance Page

SeedProd includes powerful access controls in the plugin’s settings that let you hide either your entire WordPress website or specific website pages.

To take advantage of these tools, you’ll need to create either a coming soon page or a maintenance mode page, which are the only types of landing pages with these specific controls.

To create your coming soon page, navigate to SeedProd » Pages from your WordPress dashboard and click the Set up a Coming Soon Page button under the Coming Soon Mode section.

Set up a coming soon page in WordPress to password protect your WordPress website

This will take you to the coming soon page templates library to choose a new page template and customize your design. See this step-by-step guide to create a coming soon page in WordPress for full instructions on setting up your page.

Step 3: Password Protect Your Whole WordPress Site

If you want to password protect your whole WordPress site while under development, it’s super-easy with SeedProd.

After creating your coming soon page or maintenance mode page, navigate to SeedProd » Pages from your WordPress admin area.

Next, click the toggle under the Coming Soon Mode section to change it from the Inactive to the Active position.

activate coming soon mode to password protect WordPress

That’s it! You’ve now password protected your whole WordPress site. Now only logged-in users can see the construction of your website.

Adding a Password Input Field to Your Coming Soon Page

If you’d like to display a box for users to enter the correct password to access your site, you can do that within the landing page editor. For this, you’ll need to edit your password-protected page in WordPress.

First, click the Edit Page button from your SeedProd dashboard.

Edit your coming soon page

Then scroll down to the Advanced block section and drag the Custom HTML landing page block onto your page.

Add the custom html block to your landing page

Inside the custom HTML block, type seed_bypass_form in square brackets and save your changes.

preview your page to see password input field

This will add a password form so users with your password can access your protected pages. The login form won’t appear in the page builder. You’ll have to preview the page to see how it looks.

You can repeat the same process any time you want to edit your password-protected page in WordPress.

Step 4: Add Password Protection for Specific Pages Under Development

What if you want to hide a page in WordPress?

If you have individual WordPress pages and even WooCommerce products on your site that you don’t want your visitors to see, you can use the Include URLs option in SeedProd’s Access Control settings to hide them from the public.

First, you’ll need to password protect your pages and WordPress posts individually. You can do that by going to the post or page you want to hide from your visitors. Now click on the Edit option.

Edit a WordPress post

On your right in the WordPress editor, you’ll see the Publish option. Under this option, click on Visibility » Password-Protected.

Choose the password protected visibility option to password protect a post in WordPress

You’ll now have a blank field where you can enter your password. Add your password and hit the publish button.

Now your content will have a password-protected status.

Anyone who tries to view this post or page will now be prompted to access your WordPress site with a single password via a login page. Your visitors will need the new password you just used to protect it to unlock this page.

password protected page

You can do this for individual WordPress posts and pages that you want to keep private. Each page will be marked Password protected against its title in the dashboard.

You can see this by going to All Posts or All Pages in your WordPress dashboard.

Password protected WordPress posts

Only those who are logged into your website with admin user roles or the creator can access these password-protected posts and pages.

Now that you’ve protected your posts and pages with a password, you can add them to the restricted pages list in SeedProd, so anyone trying to view the page will see your coming soon page.

To do this, you’ll first need to edit your coming soon page and view it in the drag and drop page builder.

From there, click the Page Settings tab at the top of your screen. Once you’re on the settings page, click the Access Control section to view the available access settings.

Now scroll down the page until you see the Include/Exclude URLs section. Clicking the Include URLs radio button reveals a blank field where you can enter the page URLs of your password-protected posts and pages.

password protect pages while under development

Note: You need to add new URLs on each line when using the Include URL option in the SeedProd dashboard.

Make sure you hit the enter button after every URL. Using a comma or backslash to separate your URLs may not offer the desired result.

Once the URLs are added, click on the Save Changes button to enable password protection.

On the same page, you can also restrict access to your website-based IP addresses.


Can you password protect an entire WordPress site?

Yes! By following the steps above, you can hide your whole WordPress site from the public when developing.

How do I hide my WordPress site from Google?

You can hide your WordPress site from Google easily by enabling the setting in WordPress to discourage search engines from crawling your site.

How to edit a password-protected page in WordPress?

You can edit your password-protected page in WordPress by editing your newly created page with SeedProd’s page builder by clicking Edit Page in the SeedProd dashboard.

Or you can edit the page with the regular WordPress editor as you would with any other page.

That’s it.

Now, anyone visiting those URLs will see you coming soon or under construction page.

There you have it!

We hope this article helped you learn how to password protect your WordPress site while under development.

With SeedProd’s powerful access controls and easy drag and drop page builder, you can create and protect WordPress landing pages without needing a developer.

You might also like to learn how to customize the WordPress login page.

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