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This plugin allows you to make your WordPress site accessible to logged in users only.


This plugin allows you to make your WordPress site accessible to logged in users only. In other words to view your site they have to create / have an account in your site and be logged in. No configuration necessary, simply activating - thats all.

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  • WordPress version 1.5 and later; current (08/2014) tested up to 4.0-RC1
  • PHP 5.2*

On PHP-CGI setups:

  • mod_setenvif or mod_rewrite (if you want to user HTTP-Authentication for feeds)


  1. Unpack the download-package
  2. Upload folder include the file to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  3. Activate the plugin through the Plugins menu in WordPress

or use the installer via backend of WordPress

On PHP-CGI setups

If you want to use HTTP-Authentication for feeds (available since 1.1.0 as a optional feature) you have to update your .htaccess file. If mod_setenvif is available, add the following line to your .htaccess:

SetEnvIfNoCase ^Authorization$ "(.+)" HTTP_AUTHORIZATION=$1

Otherwise you need mod_rewrite to be enabled. In this case you have to add the following line to your .htaccess:

RewriteRule .* - [E=HTTP_AUTHORIZATION:%{HTTP:Authorization}]

In a typical Wordpress .htaccess it all looks like:

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule .* - [E=HTTP_AUTHORIZATION:%{HTTP:Authorization}]
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]

respectively in a multisite installation:

# BEGIN WordPress
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]

# uploaded files
RewriteRule ^files/(.+) wp-includes/ms-files.php?file=$1 [L]

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -f [OR]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -d
RewriteRule ^ - [L]

RewriteRule .* - [E=HTTP_AUTHORIZATION:%{HTTP:Authorization}]
RewriteRule . index.php [L]
# END WordPress


You can change the settings of Authenticator on Options → Reading. The settings refer to the behaviour of your blog's feeds. Should they be protected by HTTP-Authentication (not all Feed-Readers support this) or by an authentication token, which is simply add to your feed URL as Parameter. The third option is to keep everything in place. So Feed-URLs will be redirected to the login page if the user is not logged in (send no auth-cookie).

If you using token authentication, you can show the token to the blog users on their profile settings page by setting these option.


Users can gain access to the feed with their Username/Password.

Token Auth

The plugin will generate a token automaticaly, when choosing this option. Copy this token and share it with the people who should have access to your feed. If your token is ef05aa961a0c10dce006284213727730 the feed-URLs looks like so:

# main feed

#main comment feed

#without permalinks


  1. Authenticator's setting options at Settings → Reading. Screenshot of setting options at Settings → Reading

  2. Auth-Token for feeds is displayed on the users profile settings page. Screenshot of Auth-Token for feeds is displayed on the users profile settings page



  • authenticator_get_options Whith this filter you have access to the current authentication-token:
$authenticator_options = apply_filters( 'authenticator_get_options', array() );
  • authenticator_bypass_feed_auth gives you the posibillity to open the feeds for everyone. No authentication will be required then.
add_filter( 'authenticator_bypass_feed_auth', '__return_true' );
  • authenticator_exclude_pagenows Pass an array of $GLOBALS[ 'pagenow' ] values to it, to exclude several WordPress pages from redirecting to the login page.

  • authenticator_exclude_ajax_actions AJAX-Actions (independend of _nopriv) which should not be authenticated (remain open for everyone)

  • authenticator_exclude_posts List of post-titles which should remain public, like the follow example source to public the 'Contact'-page.

add_action( 'plugins_loaded', function() {
    add_filter( 'authenticator_exclude_posts', function( $titles ) {
        $titles[] = 'Contact'; // here goes the post-title of the post/page you want to exclude
        return $titles;
    } );
} );

Other Notes

Bugs, technical hints or contribute

Please give me feedback, contribute and file technical bugs on GitHub Repo.

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Good news, this plugin is free for everyone! Since it's released under the GPL, you can use it free of charge on your personal or commercial blog.


The plugin comes with various translations, please refer to the WordPress Codex for more information about activating the translation. If you want to help to translate the plugin to your language, please have a look at the .po file which contains all defintions and may be used with a gettext editor like Poedit (Windows) or plugin for WordPress Localization.


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