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How To Protect Web Page - policeman pictureThe term how to protect web page is used within this text for describing the following two separate issues:

a) Password protect web page.

b) Copy protected web page. 

These are discussed in the text below.

Password protect web page

You may want to password protect site in the following situations:

  • when you want to charge for some part of the content
  • when you want to have a part of your site available for a specific group or audience.

[Augustine Barrios Mangore: Ultimo tremolo]

If you use WordPress (WP) then this is easily done within your dashboard. The basic steps are as follows.

How To Protect Web Page - Image of visibility menu from editor.1. When you are in editor within WP, like me now while I am typing this page, on the right and below Save Draft, you see the option Visibility. Cluck on Edit which you see there and you get the menu seen here on the right.

You click on the option ‘Password protected‘ and it will open a tab where you may add a password.

2. In the SEO part of the editor, below the area where you type the page/post, there is an option NOINDEX to check-in, which will prevent it appearing in Google crawlers:

How To Protect Web Page - Image shoing noindex tab in SEO part of editor.

 

 

 

 

With this option, search engines may still go through the text, but the results will not be displayed in search results. Remember, you want this text to keep private. More about this read here. Note also that Google advises the following: ‘You should be aware that some search engine web crawlers might interpret the noindex directive differently. As a result, it is possible that your page might still appear in results from other search engines.’

Further on Google support you may also read this:

A screen capture from Google about noindex.

3. When you publish such a page it will appear in the menu and when clicked on, the result in my case is:

Image shoing protected page in the menu

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. The same window seen above will appear if somewhere else you add a link pointing to this password protected page or post. If you are not familiar with the procedure of adding links, the complete tutorial on links you can find in another page within this site. Clicking in such a properly made link will result in opening the same tab as above.

 Image shoing custom page tab5. You might want to add such pages/posts as a drop-down menu under a separate item in the menu. For this, when you are in Dashboard in WP, you may create a menu item under Custom links, with the ‘link’ #. See the picture on the right, and for more details please read a separate page here.


Copy protected web page

Image showing plugin featuresThis implies copy-paste web pages protection. For this purpose I use WP Content Copy Protection & No Right Click plugin. Its free version works great for me. The basic features of the plugin you may seen on the picture here on the right. The pro-version has much more, you may easily find it in your WP editor by going to Plugins, Add New, and then follow instructions there.

You may test it by trying to copy parts of the text of this page which you are reading.  To be realistic, no absolute protection exists nowadays, but this at least does not make the job easy for those who want to copy-paste my text.

Addition (April 2017): Meanwhile the plugin I was using for copy-protection started causing problems, so I had to disable it. It does not mean it will cause issues in your site, so all presented here still holds.   


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16 comments

  1. Thank you for this post! I didn’t know that you must not block robots in the robots.txt file to make no index meta tag functional. Now I know! 😉

    Yes, sometimes it might be helpful to have password protected web pages not indexed by anyone. Confidential information for core members of your team is an example.

  2. Thanks Jovo for another helpful post. I have seen these options in the WordPress editor but had no idea what they were for. Now I do! Still not sure why I would use the password one. How would you go about passing out the password? I assume you would need to set-up some sort of sign up system.

    1. Hi Melody, thank you for the comment. Regarding password, I am not using it yet but I might do this once. There are several nice plugins for membership. So you can put some posts and pages under it and charge or do what you like.

  3. Hello author , interesting article.I also have a wordpress site and I was thinking in creating a members area.Should I go with the password option or the private?…And I was wondering how my subscribers enter the special part of my website? ..Should I install another plugin for subscriptions?

    As concerns the other plugin you mention for the copy protection I am familiar with it and have it tested.It is a good and free plugin suitable for most of the themes I suppose.

    1. Hi Tasos, thank you for visiting my site. I am not sure about what difference you have in mind between private and password option. I have not used plugins for subscriptions, but it must be easy to find it. At Wealthy Affiliate if you ask question on that issue you will have answers from members within minutes.

  4. Dear Jovo,
    You are my teacher now for setting up passwords for my website. I have really enjoyed to read on how to organize my website through setting of passwords. Thanks a lot.
    And by the way where can I host my website. And moreover advice me where I can buy a domain name from.
    Regards
    Divican.

  5. Well, I’ve been using WordPress for the last several years now and I had no idea you could pull something like this off.
    Thanks for sharing this!
    So in essence, I can publish a bit of content but have a sort of barrier in front of it – only people with a password can see the content?
    Is this correct?

    1. Thank you Chris for visiting my site. Yes, you understood it correctly, WordPress has this simple tool of adding password for some pages or posts. This is all the part of the standard features of WP.

  6. Thanks for sharing this content with us.To be honest I did not have the foggiest idea about how to use the password protect options. I can definately see how this would be useful to someone if they wanted to make only certain content available.

    I have had some experience with preventing copy and paste in websites before and it is handy. The main people I cna see this being useful for are artists and that sort of thing. Before I used to use a bit of code but the plugin you suggest will make things alot easier!

  7. Thanks Jovo,

    That is some great info. I didn’t even know that Password Protected even existed. You briefly mentioned it was for specific groups. What else could this be used for?

    Why do you not want Google to see it? And would that not index the whole page?

    Thanks again for sharing.

  8. Many thanks for posting about this, I didn’t know about either element before. It has taken me several weeks to realise that my copy was open to being copied by lazy people out there who can’t be bothered to create their own. It’s great to finally know how to do something about it! Good luck in your venture.

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