How to restricted a page in wordpress. For example : user [without login] can see 5 of game list. [example.com/game/] and after click 'view more', user must login/register and after that, user can access full/100 game list. [example.com/game/]

Anyone know to make it without plugin? thank you

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    -1 – That’s pure plugin territory.
    – fuxia
    Commented Jul 8, 2012 at 18:17
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    why you don't want to use plugin?
    – Sisir
    Commented Jul 8, 2012 at 18:20
  • Found good resource to do that : scratchcode.io/… Commented Dec 20, 2020 at 10:05

3 Answers 3


You can do this pretty easily with a shortcode. Hook into init and add the shortcode in your hooked function.

add_action('init', 'wpse57819_add_shortcode');
 * Adds the shortcode
 * @uses add_shortcode
 * @return null
function wpse57819_add_shortcode()
    add_shortcode('restricted', 'wpse57819_shortcode_cb');

Then in your callback function, you can check to see if the user is logged in. If they are, show them the content. If not, show them a login message. You can do literally whatever you want here: check for user capabilities to show them the content (different "membership levels"), show them an entire login form. A simple example:

 * Callback function for the shortcode.  Checks if a user is logged in.  If they
 * are, display the content.  If not, show them a link to the login form.
 * @return string
function wpse57819_shortcode_cb($args, $content=null)
    // if the user is logged in just show them the content.  You could check
    // rolls and capabilities here if you wanted as well
        return $content;

    // If we're here, they aren't logged in, show them a message
    $defaults = array(
        // message show to non-logged in users
        'msg'    => __('You must login to see this content.', 'wpse57819'),
        // Login page link
        'link'   => site_url('wp-login.php'),
        // login link anchor text
        'anchor' => __('Login.', 'wpse57819')
    $args = wp_parse_args($args, $defaults);

    $msg = sprintf(
        '<aside class="login-warning">%s <a href="%s">%s</a></aside>',

    return $msg;

As a plugin.


Somewhere in your pages/posts:

Content for members only goes here
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    You can drop the code above in your functions.php file (minus the opening <?php tags). Example usage added to the answer. Commented Jul 9, 2012 at 12:43
  • It's not in php code, the [restricted] is a shortcode: codex.wordpress.org/Shortcode_API Commented Jul 9, 2012 at 13:55
  • @Davis: Sorry, but not working in my syntax. [restricted] <a href="sample.com">Sample</a> [/restricted] Whats wrong? thx
    – Juan Lie
    Commented Jul 9, 2012 at 14:10
  • You're logged in. That's probably what's wrong. Commented Jul 9, 2012 at 15:17
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    If you want to do it directly in a php file just use the is_user_logged_in conditional directly. Commented Jul 10, 2012 at 14:18

May be a custom shortcode is useful See this plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/restrictedarea It is obsolete but you should use the code for your pourpose


First you need to add a custom meta box that allows you to mark the post as hidden.

For detail please click on the original answer this source link

I modify this function to fulfill your needs

add_action( 'pre_get_posts', 'yourtextdomain_pre_get_posts_hidden', 9999 );
function yourtextdomain_pre_get_posts_hidden( $query )

  // Check if on frontend and main query.
    if( ! is_admin() && $query->is_main_query() ) 
        if( ! is_user_logged_in() )
            // For the posts we want to exclude.
            $exclude = array();

            // Locate our posts marked as hidden.
            $hidden = get_posts(array(
              'post_type' => 'post',
              'meta_query' => array(
                  'key' => 'meta-box-checkbox',
                  'value' => 'true',
                  'compare' => '==',

               // Create an array of hidden posts.
            foreach($hidden as $hide)
              $exclude[] = $hide->ID;
            // Exclude the hidden posts.
            $query->set('post__not_in', $exclude);


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