When publishing any piece of content, it’s certain that you want others to read it. You may not want to share your premium articles with all but definitely to some people such as your customers, members or subscribers. Content protection and sharing have become a real headache for many website owners.
WordPress Private Content
WordPress itself comes with a simple content protection mechanism called “content visibility”. You can either password protect your pages or posts or set them as “private”.
WordPress private content is thoroughly hidden from the public. Only admins and editors can view your private content. Visitors and normal users will not able to access it even if they could somehow guess the URL of your private post. This permission is not customizable though, and so, imposes a huge limitation on the feature.
Memberships & Password Protection
Membership and user authentication, albeit secure, are quite overkilling for most website owners and their users. First, users have to sign up for an account on your website. After that, they have to log into your website to see those content on every new device and browser. This causes unnecessary hassles especially to people who are on the go often.
Password protection is slightly less complicated. Still, people have to check or remember the password for access. The biggest problem with password protection is you almost cannot share your content with the mass of people easily. Often time, you have to send the password to your users privately, sometimes one password for each user.
Make Private Pages Accessible to Anyone with a Private Link?
So instead of having to create an account or remember passwords, you might just want your users to access the content directly via a “private link”. In other words, you can make your premium content accessible only to people with the link. These links are random, unguessable, and most importantly, not indexed by Google or any search engines.
Let’s say you’ve just written a blog post sharing your personal opinion about a recently released movie. As the post is published on your professional website, you don’t want all your beloved readers seeing that personal post about why you don’t like the movie’s main character. You probably don’t want people to find your website through the critique appearing on Google search results either. Having said that, you’d still like to share that personal review with your groups of friends through Facebook and Email.
That’s when our private links come in handy. First, “protect” the original blog post URL from direct access and Google indexing. Second, create a private link and share them with that particular group of friends.
Private Links: Simple & Useful Content Protection
Google and Dropbox have their own version of private links as well, which they call them shareable and shared links respectively. With these links, people don’t need to have an account or sign into these platforms in order to access the shared content and files.
We realize the fact that you want to protect your content and files against unwanted users doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t want to share them with certain people. That’s why we integrate these shareable links, or as we call private download links, with almost all our products from Prevent Direct Access Gold to Protect Pages & Posts.
We even go further and enable you to expire these private links by date and clicks. For instance, you can restrict access your private content to the first 5 people who click on the shared link. Alternatively, you can set the private link available only for 2 days. After that, the link expires and becomes invalid. These private links can be shared in email, social media platforms, and email marketing software as well.
Overall, private links offer simpler content protection that proves useful in many cases.