I am very new at all this and not a programmer. I want to know how to set up a private blog that requires a member login to view it. Is there a widget that one may suggest that does this.

I am using the Unite theme and the site I am trying to put together is at tmpfire.com. I would appreciate all the help I can get.

  • I'm working on a separate, second blog for logged-in users, and I'm using is a number of plugins: Login With Ajax, TDO Mini Forms (providing forms for logged-in users to post drafts with, that the admin then can moderate, or have them post straight away), and Role Scoper (to restrict access to that blog's categories). I've also defined a taxonomy for tags to be used in that separate blog. I've hacked the TDO Mini Forms plugin to only add tags from that taxonomy to posts. And I think I have got it: a simple forum-like solution within WP itself. Would you like code examples? – blago Jan 25 '11 at 21:00

Yes, you can set up a separate, private blog that requires members to log in. You can do this with a plug-in called Members Only - it's freely available from the WordPress plug-in repository.

Anyone who visits the site who's not logged in will be directed automatically to the login screen. After users log in, they can browse the site normally.

Edit 12/15/10

Based on your comments, it sounds like you don't need a private blog - you need a private bulletin board or forum.

I would recommend setting up a system like bbPress in a sub-folder on the site (i.e. http://tmpfire.com/forum/) and installing bbPress in that folder. You can incorporate bbPress with WordPress, or keep it entirely separate. But you can also keep it private.

This way, you can have a WordPress-powered website with a private information/discussion board for members only.

  • Would this control the home page blog for I am looking to setup a separate blog and control that one? – shumba Dec 14 '10 at 21:46
  • You said you wanted to set up a separate blog - so you'd create a second blog (not the main site) and install the plug-in on that one. – EAMann Dec 14 '10 at 23:00
  • I am lost due I do not understand what you trying to tell me, sorry – shumba Dec 15 '10 at 4:58
  • You currently have one website (tmpfire.com) which is running on WordPress. Do you want your private blog to be a separate website? Or do you want your private blog to be a part of tmpfire.com? If you want it to be a part of tmpfire.com, how will it fit into the existing public website? – EAMann Dec 15 '10 at 5:29
  • I do not wish to have a separate website I wish it to be apart of the same website. I wish it to be for the department to discus various topics something like this on slofiretraining.org/bbs – shumba Dec 15 '10 at 16:26

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