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I want to create a blog to share with my family, but random Internet strangers should not be able to read the posts.

How can I make posts hidden to the public, by default? I know I can manually edit the visibility of single posts while I edit them - one at a time.

Is there some global preference setting that I could set to "private"? That would have the benefit of also working with the Wordpress app for iPhone, as well as the "post-by-mail" feature of Jetpack. Both of these would otherwise publish a normal, public post.

Several old answers mention variants of the outdated "Members only" plugin - but this is outdated so not an option, even though it might have been a good solution. This plugin question also has the same goal, but it's aimed at plugin development, and the answers don't apply.

Is there really no (current) plugin that does this?

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closed as off topic by toscho Mar 14 '13 at 14:46

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What about <a href="wordpress.org/extend/plugins/absolute-privacy/… Privacy « WordPress Plugins</a> ? You can require login and registration for all users. The plugin also disables RSS feeds. – markratledge Nov 23 '12 at 0:47
Sorry, that plugin is also incompatible with newer WP versions. Last Updated: 2010-3-28: "This plugin hasn't been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress." – Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Nov 23 '12 at 7:13
plugins.trac.wordpress.org/log/absolute-privacy revsion log states it was updated 3/12. I use the plugin all the time om 3.4+. See wordpress.org/support/topic/… – markratledge Nov 23 '12 at 14:18
Password Protected - a simple free easy plugin: wordpress.org/extend/plugins/password-protected And it's updated regularly, last in Feb 2013 – user28925 Mar 14 '13 at 14:14
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I finally found something (I think): Network Privacy is currently in version 0.1.4 but looks just about right.

When installed, there's a new Privacy setting screen where I can choose, e.g.

I would like my site to be visible only to Site contributors.

Given that new users automatically get the permission level Subscribers when they sign up, this setting allows me to select among the registered users and promote them to the Contributor level.

When I visit the site without being logged in, or logged in as a Subscriber (lowest level of registered users) then I am redirected to the login screen that also includes the message:

[My site] can be viewed only by contributors and above.
Subscribers and logged-out users are not able to view this site.

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