Force Login


Easily hide your WordPress site from public viewing by requiring visitors to log in first. As simple as flipping a switch.

Make your website private until it’s ready to share publicly, or keep it private for members only.


  • WordPress Multisite compatible.
  • Login redirects visitors back to the url they tried to visit.
  • Extensive Developer API (hooks & filters).
  • Customizable. Set a specific URL to always redirect to on login.
  • Filter exceptions for certain pages or posts.
  • Restrict REST API to authenticated users.
  • Translation Ready & WPML certified.

Bug Reports

Bug reports for Force Login are welcomed on GitHub. Please note that GitHub is not a support forum.


Upload the Force Login plugin to your site, then Activate it.

1, 2: You’re done!


1. How can I specify a URL to redirect to on login?

By default, the plugin sends visitors back to the URL they tried to visit. However, you can set a specific URL to always redirect users to by adding the following filter to your functions.php file.

The URL must be absolute (as in, Recommended: home_url( ‚/mypage/‘ ).

 * Set the URL to redirect to on login.
 * @return string URL to redirect to on login. Must be absolute.
function my_forcelogin_redirect() {
  return home_url( '/mypage/' );
add_filter( 'v_forcelogin_redirect', 'my_forcelogin_redirect' );
2. How can I add exceptions for certain pages or posts?

You can bypass Force Login based on any condition or specify an array of URLs to whitelist by adding either of the following filters to your functions.php file. You may also use the WordPress Conditional Tags.

Bypass Force Login

 * Bypass Force Login to allow for exceptions.
 * @param bool $bypass Whether to disable Force Login. Default false.
 * @return bool
function my_forcelogin_bypass( $bypass ) {
  if ( is_single() ) {
    $bypass = true;
  return $bypass;
add_filter( 'v_forcelogin_bypass', 'my_forcelogin_bypass' );

Whitelist URLs

Each URL must be absolute (as in, Recommended: home_url( ‚/mypage/‘ ).

 * Filter Force Login to allow exceptions for specific URLs.
 * @param array $whitelist An array of URLs. Must be absolute.
 * @return array
function my_forcelogin_whitelist( $whitelist ) {
  $whitelist[] = home_url( '/mypage/' );
  $whitelist[] = home_url( '/2015/03/post-title/' );
  return $whitelist;
add_filter( 'v_forcelogin_whitelist', 'my_forcelogin_whitelist' );
3. How can I add exceptions for dynamic URLs?

Some URLs have unique query strings appended to the end of it, which is composed of a series of parameter-value pairs.

For example:

Checkout the Force Login Wiki on GitHub for examples of the different methods for whitelisting dynamic URLs.

4. How do I get the WordPress mobile app to work?

By default, the plugin blocks access to all page URLs; you may need to whitelist the XML-RPC page to allow the WordPress app to access your site for remote publishing.

 * Filter Force Login to allow exceptions for specific URLs.
 * @param array $whitelist An array of URLs. Must be absolute.
 * @return array
function my_forcelogin_whitelist( $whitelist ) {
  $whitelist[] = site_url( '/xmlrpc.php' );
  return $whitelist;
add_filter( 'v_forcelogin_whitelist', 'my_forcelogin_whitelist' );
5. How do I hide the „← Back to {sitename}“ link on the login screen?

The WordPress login screen includes a „← Back to {sitename}“ link below the login form; which may not actually take you back to the site while Force Login is activated. You can hide this link by adding the following action to your functions.php file.

Requires: WordPress 2.5 or higher

// Hide the 'Back to {sitename}' link on the login screen.
function my_forcelogin_hide_backtoblog() {
  echo '<style type="text/css">#backtoblog{display:none;}</style>';
add_action( 'login_enqueue_scripts', 'my_forcelogin_hide_backtoblog' );


Simple but effective

For a private family site, I needed an effective plugin to replace Private Site (which is not compatible beyond PHP 7.0): I found Force Login. It’s great, just activating it.
And when you know how to put a code in the functions.php file of your theme, it allows to add a whitelist of URL (registration / lost password, or any other of your choice). Simply perfect.

Thank You! Does what it says it does!

Simple & easy!

I added a guest account to permit access to our site during an event without forcing folks to register.

The only thing we needed was to be able to customize the login page — we think this is a good idea to add to this plugin!

So, we added Erident Custom Login and Dashboard plugin and were able to customize our login screen — all in a few minutes!

Thank you, again!

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  • Feature – Added nocache_headers() to prevent caching for the different browsers – props Chris Harmoney.
  • Tweak – Removed $url parameter from whitelist filter.


  • Feature – Added $url parameter to bypass and whitelist filters.
  • Tweak – Updated Multisite conditionals which determine user access to sites.
  • Tweak – Moved ‚v_forcelogin_redirect‘ filter to improve performance.


  • Fix – Improved the REST API restriction to allow alternative modes of authentication.


  • Tweak – Restrict access to the REST API for authorized users only – props Andrew Duthie.
  • Tweak – Added load_plugin_textdomain() to properly prepare for localization at


  • Feature – Added filter to bypass Force Login redirect for whitelisting pages without specifying a URL.
  • Tweak – Changed the hook for Force Login to run at a later stage in the WordPress tree.
  • Fix – Replaced deprecated function – props Just-Johnny.


  • Tweak – Made plugin translation ready.


  • Fix – Multisite ‚Super Admin‘ users do not need assigned sites to access the network.


  • Feature – Added exceptions for AJAX, Cron and WP-CLI requests.
  • Fix – Only allow Multisite users access to their assigned sites.


  • Fix – Check for existence of explicit port number before appending port – props Björn Ali Göransson.


  • Tweak – Removed v_getUrl() function to reduce possible duplicates of global functions – props Joachim Happel.


  • Fix – Rewrote v_getUrl() function to use HTTP_HOST instead of SERVER_NAME – props Arlen22.


  • Feature – Added filter to set a specific URL to redirect to on login.
  • Feature – Added filter to allow whitelisting of additional URLs.


  • Fix – Rewrote v_getUrl function to include the server port – props Nicolas.


  • Feature – Added redirect to send visitors back to the URL they tried to visit after logging in.


  • Fix – Fixed password reset URL from being blocked – props estebillan.


  • Tweak – Streamlined code


  • Fix – Whitelisted the registration page and the Lost Password page – props jabdo.