10 Ways to Set Up Hidden Premium Content In WordPress

These days there are all sorts of ways you can choose to keep content in WordPress hidden from the general public. And with the help of a plugin, hiding content can be quick and easy.

Why hide content? Well, maybe you have membership sites, don’t want to be located online, or want to have a login for all of your content. There is all sort of reasons why you may want to keep premium content hidden.

In this post, we’re going to look at ten solutions that will let you hide your content, but then also let you reveal it if the visitor takes the right action. That action might range from putting in the correct password to paying for it through PayPay to tweeting out a link to it first.

  • Membership is a WPMU DEV’s legacy plugin. It will allow you to create sophisticated membership programs to either charge for or give away for free. The plugin lets you release content by levels, by time (dripped content), or all at once.

    With this plugin, you can make any part of your site part of the membership areas, including forums, wikis, video areas, etc.

    You can set up some different “courses” within one system, letting users pick and choose. It integrates with major payment gateways such as PayPal, Authorize. Net, 2Checkout, and more.

  • Billed primarily as a plugin to run user communities, Users Ultra also lets you hide content from non-members. The communities (and the content) can be put behind a paywall if you like. The plugin integrates with PayPal, and you can also run a free community, of course. Membership can be set to a specific time, or it can be unlimited.

    The community aspect also comes with a private message system. Another plus for this plugin is that it integrates with MailChimp, allowing you to add users to a mailing list automatically.

  • While you can password protect an entire post or page out of the box in WordPress, WPMU DEV’s legacy Password Protect plugin lets you password protect only parts of a post or page, giving you more refined control when you need it. Visitors are met with a password box when you’ve protected something, and the only way is to know the password.

  • MemberPress is a simple to use membership plugin, where you can charge your users for access to specific content on your WordPress site.

    It has a management system to track subscriptions, sales, and plenty more advanced features that work well for keeping content hidden.

  • Social Marketing is WPMU DEV’s legacy content locking plugin that will help you gain more social media exposure. You can easily lock any content from text and photos to a discount coupon or a download. For visitors to gain access, they must first share your page on social media. The content to be shared is built-in custom post types and can be called into any post or page you like.

    You can also use it in conjunction with our Schedule Selected Content plugin to create a time-limited offer.

  • The OnePress Social Locker plugin lets you quickly wrap content in shortcodes and then require visitors to like it on Facebook, tweet about it, or post to LinkedIn. You can change the headline and the text for the message in the backend with a visual editor, convert your website visitors to followers, and more.

    It states that it’s the world’s #1 social paywall, so it’s worth trying out for yourself.

  • WPMU DEV’s legacy Pay Per View plugin will allow you to sell digital content either as a one-time payment or a subscription model.

    The plugin lets you accept PayPal payments or payments by credit card. You can also choose to offer different payment levels right at the same time. To make it extra easy on users, they can sign in with Facebook, Twitter, or Google+. Locking content is as easy as pushing a button on the visual editor.

  • If you want to hide content temporarily, the Temporarily Hidden Content plugin is an option. You can hide content until a specific date. Also, you can notify users with a countdown that shows when content will be available.

  • If you want to protect your site’s content, you can choose a single password to protect your entire site with the Hide My Site plugin.

    It’s great for setting up a development version of a website or anyone looking to hide their site from the public and search engines.

  • The Hide My Dates plugins use a hack for hiding the publishing date on a search snippet. Your users will see it, but Google does not consider it part of the page content.

    This plugin is great if you want to keep your content from appearing on Google, yet keep it available for active users.

So, what would you like to keep hidden on your WordPress website? As you can see, there are a variety of plugins that can help keep certain areas private and protected.

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