Every time we make a website, we need to put it up on the internet for our clients to review it and provide feedback. They also need to be able to quickly update content shortly before launch.
But if we put our client’s website up on the internet before they launch, can’t everyone see it?
The answer is no.
With the help of this handy little plugin, we can put the site up on the web, but require people to enter a password to view it.
This prevents search engines, customers and partners from seeing the site before it launches (and providing unnecessary feedback, criticism, or inquiries).
The Restricted Site Access Plugin
There are a few plugins out there that do the same thing, but the Restricted Access Plugin for WordPress does it best.
Options, options, options
The flexibility to send people to the WordPress login screen, or some other screen gives us lots of flexibility when creating the user experience.
This feature is by far our FAVORITE.
Quite often our clients work in large organizations, all behind the same corporate network. This plugin lets you actually unhide the entire website if a visitor is coming from a whitelisted IP address, allowing the client to circulate the site for feedback to coworkers without requiring them to have individual logins.
This has saved us and our clients lots of admin time and headaches. We also use it to whitelist our own internal network so all of us can view the site without any hassle.
The Bottom Line
If you’re working on a site before launch, you should use this plugin. Don’t let Google or Curious George see your site before it’s launched because it could result in bad PR.