WordPress Content Restriction Introduction
Are you a WordPress admin who writes high value content for your blog readers? If yes, then surely you must know how to restrict content to your blog readers. That is reason why I am here today, to present to you the most effective way to restrict content on your WordPress website. With the help of ‘ProfileGrid’.
ProfileGrid is the fastest growing social plugin for WordPress with the ability to turn your WordPress website/blog into a well-rounded membership platform. Included in ProfileGrid’s vast stockpile of features is the ability to restrict content as well. This is the feature we’ll be looking at in detail next.
The Annoying Lack of Content Restriction
As you already know, any WordPress post or page we publish is visible to all site visitor across the board. This is the default functionality of WordPress. But after installing ProfileGrid on your website, you’ll get all content restriction and visibility controls right there on the post/page edit screen itself.
Let’s say I publish a blog post without ProfileGrid installed on my site.
You can see from the site’s frontend that the blog post is fully visible. Which, of course, is entirely as per expectations.
Next, I install and activate ProfileGrid from the ‘Plugins’ dashboard menu.
ProfileGrid Comes to the Rescue
Now that my site has ProfileGrid active on it, the plugin gives me immense capabilities to restrict content of any post/page. If I go back to the blog post I created earlier and scroll down to just below the post/page edit section, I see a new set of options available, with the heading ‘ProfileGrid’. At first, only a single option is visible there, which is ‘Apply custom access settings?’ with a switch next to it. By default, this option remains off, so we’ll have to activate it to move further ahead.
Enabling custom access settings displays 4 ‘Content Availability’ options to choose from. These are…
- Content accessible to Everyone: As the name implies, choose this option will allow everyone to access the online post/page content once it is published.
- Content accessible to Logged In Users: Choose this option to restrict content of the published post/page. to only logged-in users. This means that any user who wants to access this post/page content needs to register first. User registration helps ensure that only authorized people access the content.
- Content accessible to My Friends: This option utilizes the powerful social aspects of ProfileGrid with that of content restriction. Choose this option to restrict content of this post/page to only those users who are your friends through ProfileGrid platform.
- Content accessible to Only Me: Choose this option to restrict content of particular post/page only to you and no one else.
Let’s choose the option ‘Content accessible to Logged In Users’ and see what it does. Fascinatingly, an another option displays right below it, which is ‘Select the User Group that can see this content?’.
I’ll be covering User Groups in-depth in a separate article soon. So for now, I’ll just select the ‘All Registered Users’ option and update the changes. Our content is now locked to everyone barring those that are already registered on the site.
Let’s see how a user who isn’t registered on the site views the same post now…
Content Restriction – As Easy As It Can Be
Evident from the analysis above, there is simply no match for ProfileGrid in ease of use of content restriction. In just a few clicks, you can easily restrict content of any post/page to a specific set of users.
In addition to its content restricting capability, ProfileGrid is an unparalleled social activity platform for WordPress. I recommend that you check out its endless list of features to find out yourself. To know more on how to get started with ProfileGrid, don’t forget to visit the official ProfileGrid Starter Guide.
I’ll keep updating you with more information on ProfileGrid. Just stay tuned to our blog.