Groups Blog Protect


The plugin protects a site so that only members can access its pages.

Suitable for site lockdowns, private sites and sites that are under construction.

It allows to redirect visitors to a particular page or to the WordPress login.

Members who are logged in have access to the site.
Members must belong to the site’s Registered group, or to a particular group as determined specifically for the site.

The plugin is an extension to Groups which is required.

The redirection settings can be adjusted in Settings > Groups Blog Protect :

Redirection options can be set for the blog – or for each blog in a multisite setup:

  • no redirection
  • redirect to a specific post, note that with this option the blog is shown to the visitor but only that page can be visited
  • redirect to the WordPress login

The redirect status code can be selected among:

  • Moved Permanently (301)
  • Found (302)
  • See other (303)
  • Temporary Redirect (307)

Site administrators can determine which group is used to protect the site:

  • By default, users must belong to the Registered group to be able to access the site, so any registered user who is logged in will have access.
  • The constant GROUPS_BLOG_PROTECT_GROUP can be set in wp-config.php to indicate the name of the group to which users must belong to be able to access the site.
  • For multisites, the GROUPS_BLOG_PROTECT_GROUP_n constant can be used to indicate the name of the group required to access a particular site, where n is the blog ID of the site.


  • Groups Blog Protect settings.


  1. Upload or extract the groups-blog-protect folder to your site’s /wp-content/plugins/ directory. You can also use the Add new option found in the Plugins menu in WordPress.
  2. Enable the plugin from the Plugins menu in WordPress.
  3. Go to Settings > Groups Blog Protect and adjust the redirection settings as desired.


Where is the documentation?

The documentation for this plugin is at Groups Blog Protect.

The documentation for Groups is at Groups.

What do the status codes mean?

Read the section on Status Code Definitions in RFC 2616.

I have a question, where do I ask?

You can leave a comment at the Groups Blog Protect plugin page.


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For the full changelog see changelog.txt.