I use Multisite to manage the various languages of a web site.
The original language site has a huge page hierarchy (navigation items with plenty of sub-pages and sub-sub-pages), à la
I've cloned the original language version into a new language copy.
However, only a fraction of the content is currently translated to the new language, so there's several menu items I need to hide from the public. I only want to hide them, not delete them, so editors can continue translating the missing content behind the scenes.
I've naturally removed the menu entries corresponding with each page I want to hide, but I fear Google will manage to index the rest anyway, as it somehow usually does, leading to unsuspecting users being directed to incomplete, broken, un-translated content.
How can I hide an entire hierarchy of pages in Wordpress (e.g. "menu3" and all its children in the sketch above)?
Setting the hierarchy's topmost page's status ("menu3") to "private" doesn't affect the status of the sub-pages and I would have to manually change the status for each sub-page
Keeping Google from indexing the hidden content is an option, but it's work and it's easy to forget to remove once the content is translated
Making the hierarchies inaccessible using
.htaccessdirectives is also an option, but then editors will be unable to work on the pages - so not an option
Is there a way to do this in Wordpress? Ideally, without plugins, but I'll take what I can get.