I've created a custom post type and would like to send those posts to FB Instant Articles and Apple News via a RSS feed. I've created a custom RSS feed and need to know what's the best way to make that feed password-protected. The CPT is called limitedrun. The feed URL is domain.com/?feed=ltdrun and the RSS template is called rss-ltdrun.php

I know there are plugins that do this but it's not what I'm looking for. They password protect the entire site in order to make the RSS feed password-protected. I need the opposite: RSS password-protected and the website open.


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    If the custom feed is password protected how will Facebook and Apple read it?
    – birgire
    Apr 22, 2016 at 10:25
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    They allow password-protect feeds. Apr 22, 2016 at 11:06
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    so you mean the basic HTTP authentication as the "password-protect" method ?
    – birgire
    Apr 22, 2016 at 11:16
  • yes. Add authentication to RSS feed. Apr 23, 2016 at 19:59

2 Answers 2


I would consider this not really a typical WP question – maybe you should ask over at http://unix.stackexchange.com – but maybe this could already help anyways:

If you have access to the server config and you know the IP address of FB Instant Articles and Apple News you could for example block everybody from accessing your feed – but allow FB Instant Articles and Apple News to access it – with something similar to this:

<Location /feed>
Order Deny,Allow
Deny from all
Allow from

…as answered on unix.stackexchange.com (this will however NOT work in .htaccess)


Well it turns out Apple News doesn't accept password-protected RSS feeds. Thanks for the help!

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