The Complete Guide to WordPress Editing: Part 4

Whether you’re completely new or have been blogging for a while now, you’re probably still not using everything available to you as a blogger on WordPress. It took me a few years of blogging and developing plugins before I really started getting it. I’m going to save you time and write up what I’ve learned here.

This complete series on writing and editing posts with WordPress will cover…

  1. Customizing Your Interface & Getting to Know Permalinks
  2. Mastering Text Formatting For Your Posts
  3. Leveraging Post Scheduling & Post States
  4. How to Make Private and Password Protected Posts
  5. How to Enable and Disable Comments & Understanding Trackbacks
  6. Finding and Using Theme-Specific Options

Let’s say you’re running a public blog — but suddenly there’s a post that you only want to share with certain people, or even just have it there for yourself. It looks like it’s time to explore the Private and Password Protected options of the WordPress editor.

VIP Members, only. What’s the secret?

This is extremely simple.

Have you ever noticed the tiny little “Visibility” section of your Publishing options? Yeah, neither did I. It’s one of those settings you don’t even realize is there until you’ve scoured all through the WordPress admin seeking the answer.

Thankfully, I’m here to tell you now: If you click “Edit”, a whole new world of options will be opened to you.

Simply select “Password Protected”, which will offer you a text field. Enter your password there, and save.

That’s it! Now, whenever a visitor sees this post, they need to enter the super secret password. This can be really useful if you want to share a private page through a newsletter or email to your top readers.

Don’t look at me, I haven’t dressed yet!

Let’s say you want to have a technically Published post, but only want your Administrators and Editors to see it.

Enter the Private Post.

In that same section from before — the Visibility one — you’ll also see an option for Private. Just pick that before you publish, and BAM. You’re ready for private action.

That’s it. With this power, you can set up example formatting and content for your other authors, or as a reminder to yourself of your standards and ideals. Use your imagination!

Dusty Anderson is an avid WordPress user and the editor of Pingable.org. Read more