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!
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.
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 :-)