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How to Put WordPress Site Offline?

How to Make WordPress Blog Private

WordPress Visibility option allows you to control who can visit your site, whether search engines will index it or not etc. In my last post, I discussed how to put blogger site offline. And in this post I'm gonna talk about WordPress. 

In my previous post, I discussed the reasons behind putting a site offline. Here I would like to repeat those reasons -

  • If your site is new, you can discourage search engines to index your site. Because a new site with insufficient content will not get a good rank.
  • If your site is private or subject to premium membership, you can disallow general people to view your contents.
  • Due to political violations or religious issues, if your social security is under threat, you can temporarily make your site unavailable instead of deleting it. 

WordPress Settings Option

Site Visibility Options
  1. Login to your WordPress site and go to Admin Panel.                                                         (ie.
  2. Go to Settings from the left pane and choose Reading. (As shown in the above image) (ie.
  3. Now you will get the Reading Settings page.
  4. Move to the Site Visibility section. There you will get three choices. 
  5. The first choice is the default option. It allows search engines to index your site.
  6. The second choice forbid search engines to index your site.
  7. And the third option makes your site private. That means only invited persons will be able to access your site.
  8. Choose any of the three options that is suitable for you.

Site Visibility Option in WordPress

Note: You can change the settings at any time.

Adding Users in a Private Site

If you make your site private, then you have to manually invite members to your site. Only invited members is capable of viewing your contents or writing posts in your site. To invite users, follow the steps below:

WordPress Users Option

  1. Go to your WordPress control Panel
  2. Choose Users > Invite New (As shown in the above image)                                         (ie. yoursite/wp-admin/users.php?page=wpcom-invite-users)
  3. Now you will get the invite users form. Type username or their emails. Choose one of the five roles (Contributor/ Author/ Editor/ Administrator/ Follower) for the invited members. 
  4. Type an invitation message if necessary
  5. Finally hit on the Send Invitation button.

How to Invite New Users in WordPress

Then the invited user will get an email. If he accepts the invitation, you can view the member in the past invitation section. From there you can manage your members. 

Hope you've clearly understand the topic. If you have any confusion, don't hesitate to leave a comment. :)

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  1. Great article!

    No offense, but the title is misleading. It should've been: "How to Make your Wordpress Site Private".

    To "put a site to offline" can mean 2 things:
    1. The site is under maintenance and is "made offline" to the users (but the website will be up again after the maintenance)
    2. Getting the site in a local server on an user's PC (localhost)

    If someone is interested in "making a Wordpress site offline" for temporary period then this link could be followed.

    1. Actually the title has been decided by considering what people search for. I thought most of the people may not search as private or maintenance.


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