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Using page passwords

You can hide pages behind passwords to prevent them from being publicly accessible.

All password-protected pages display a lock icon next to their titles in the Pages panel.

Tip: You can also hide your entire site behind a password.
Note: It isn't possible to create unique passwords for different people. To allow people to log in and edit your site, invite them as a contributors

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Page passwords and search engines

To hide a new page while you're building it, we recommend setting a password before you add any content. This tells search engines not to index the page at all.

If you're hiding an existing page, note that setting a password only prevents search engines from indexing the page further. This means that search engines may have already indexed this page, and this content could appear in search results. To learn more, visit Hiding a page from search engine results.

Setting a page password for collections also applies the password to individual collection items, such as products or blog posts, and will prevent search engines from indexing them.

Note: If you upload a file to a page before setting a password, the file may continue to be indexed after setting the password. To protect files from indexing, we recommend removing these files and re-uploading after the page password is set. 

Before you begin

  • Passwords are case-sensitive.
  • The password text in the box will be replaced with a series of asterisks, like *************. This may appear longer than your actual password.
  • If Esc Key Login is enabled, contributors can press Esc to bypass the lock screen and log in.
  • Pages on the Cover Page-only plan (no longer offered) can't be hidden behind a password.
  • When a visitor uses a password, the session will expire after four hours and prompt them to re-enter the password. It isn't possible to "log out" of a session.

Set a page password

  1. In the Home Menu, click Pages.
  2. In the Pages panel, select a page to protect with a password.
  3. Click the to the right of the Page's title to open Page Settings.
  4. Scroll down to Password and enter a password in the box.
  5. Click Save.
Note: Passwords are case-sensitive. 

After you've saved your password, a lock icon will display next to the page title in the Page's panel. 

Design the lock screen

When visiting the page's URL, visitors will land on a lock screen that prompts them to enter the page password.

The default lock screen looks like the image below. Use the Lock Screen tweak in the Design panel to customize the lock screen design.

Change or remove the password

To change or remove the password:

  1. In the Home Menu, click Pages.
  2. In the Pages panel, select the page with the password.
  3. Click the Settings icon next to Page's title to open Page Settings.
  4. Scroll down to Password.
  5. Enter a new password, or remove the password by highlighting the text and pressing Delete.
  6. Click Save.

Index Pages

You can password-protect the main Index in its Page Settings.

Whether a password-protected sub-page displays in the Index depends on the Index style. For more information, visit Passwords and Index Pages.

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