Writing & Editing

Post & Page Visibility

You can change who is allowed to see specific content by updating the Visibility option in the Document Settings module for a specific page or post.

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Changing Visibility
Sticky Posts (Posts Only)

Watch the video below for a quick overview of how it works, and read below for more examples and settings.


Changing Visibility

  1. Edit or add a Post or Page.
  2. Click Document Settings.
  3. Click the link Public next to Visibility under Status & Visibility.
If you don’t see Document Settings, click the cog icon next to Publish.
  • Public – The post will be visible to everyone and emailed to your followers.
  • Private – The post will be visible only to blog Editors and Administrators. Private posts are not visible in the Reader, feeds, or in any search. It is also not sent via email to your followers.
  • Password Protected – The post will be protected with a password you choose. Followers will still receive an email notification about this new post, but only those with the password can view it.

Passwords for protected posts and pages will be saved as a cookie. If you are using a shared computer, or do not want the password to be stored, you can clear your browser’s cookies.

Once you have updated your post or page visibility settings, be sure to click the Update or Publish button to push the changes live.

Draft Pending Review

Checking the Pending Review option lets you flag posts that might need review from other authors or editors on your site. This status adds a Pending Review message next to the title in the Posts list, so that other authors know to check the draft.

The Post settings right sidebar menu with the "Pending Review" option checked. It's the second checkbox in the Status & Visibility section.

If you use post by email and have people in the Contributor role who post via email, they will automatically be set as drafts as well as pending review.

Additional notes:
  • If you have enabled the option to Follow Comments in Settings > Discussion, the option is disabled for password protected and private posts.
  • Keep in mind that if you’d like to password protect the majority — or all — of your posts, and you might want to change all of them to Public in the future, you’ll need to update each post one at a time as there currently isn’t a way to bulk edit multiple posts to switch from Password Protected to Public. Instead, the best way to go about this is to set your blog to Private.
  • When an image or media file is added to the content of a password protected page or post, the file can still be indexed by search engines. It can also be directly accessed by visitors without a password.

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Sticky Posts (Posts Only)

This section applies to blog posts only. It is not possible to sticky a site page (including pages which list posts by category, author and archive date). However, you can link to a site page, or add it to a custom menu.

Under Status & Visibility for Posts, there is a checkbox for "Stick to the Front Page."

By default, WordPress.com blogs display posts in reverse chronological order on the home page with the latest post at the top. There isn’t a way to display posts in chronological order, but you can mark some posts as Sticky to make them appear above the other posts. They will stay at the top of your posts until you uncheck that option on the Edit screen for that post.

You can mark a post as sticky by using the toggle option that says “Stick to the Front Page” in the Post Settings. Please note that only public posts can be set as sticky. Private posts are not compatible with this feature.

Sticky posts appear highlighted in some way, depending on the theme you’re using. For example, some themes display sticky posts with a colored background behind the title.

Generally, the Sticky option is only used for one or two posts on a blog. It should not be used for every post. Be sure to uncheck the Sticky option on that post to move it back to its place in chronological order.

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