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I am a n00b at wordpress. I'd like my blog to be secret while I finish the design. How do I do this? Thank you!

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    Simply download and install a maintenance plugin and activate it. There are a couple on wordpress.org that you can download. I would also advice you to setup a local test site on your pc for developing purposes. Xammp works well for me – Pieter Goosen Sep 4 '14 at 12:42
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You can use htaccess to disable public access. in your .htaccess file add this.

AuthName "Secure Area"
AuthType Basic
AuthUserFile /path/to/htpasswd/file/.htpasswd
AuthGroupFile /dev/null
require valid-user

don't forget to change htpasswd address in this. You can create .htpasswd from here.

http://www.htaccesstools.com/htpasswd-generator/

http://www.askapache.com/online-tools/htpasswd-generator/

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    I think this might be a bit to much for a noob. Great idea, but I think a plugin would be enough. Don't like to edit files unnecessaryly – Pieter Goosen Sep 4 '14 at 12:45
  • Well actually it prevents everybody to access website including search engings as well as spam bots. Also htaccess is not a core file so there is nothing wrong in editing that. I always use htaccess to for development website. And never use a plugin when you can do something with couple of lines of code. – Robert hue Sep 4 '14 at 13:26
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thats easy.

I use a Pluing for this "Private Only"

Go to add new plugins section and search for it.

or visit its plugin site Private Only

Have fun & good luck with your blog

Note: I have no affiliation with this plugin :-)

  • It will be nice if you post a link to the plugin. Also, please state your affiliation – Pieter Goosen Sep 4 '14 at 12:44
  • what do you mean with "state your affiliation" ? – AnC Sep 4 '14 at 12:46
  • Do you have any affiliation with the plugin – Pieter Goosen Sep 4 '14 at 12:48
  • No I don't. Just what I did when i wanted to hide my blog. – AnC Sep 4 '14 at 12:51
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    Ok, then you just add the following to your answer Note: I have no affiliation with this plugin :-) – Pieter Goosen Sep 4 '14 at 12:54

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