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Block Editor: How to Change WordPress Post Visibility

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Have you ever wanted to hide a post on your WordPress site without deleting it? Well, you can do that and more by editing your post’s visibility settings. See the steps below to see how.

Make sure you are using the Gutenberg Block editor. If you upgraded to WordPress 5, then your post and page editor will default to use the Gutenberg editor. If you are still using WordPress 4 (or earlier) or have the Classic Editor installed, then your editor will not work with this tutorial.

If you are using the Classic Editor, see our article Classic Editor: How to Change WordPress Post Visibility.

How to Change Your WordPress Post Visibility

  1. Open the post editor
  2. In the left sidebar, click Documentdocument image
  3. In the left sidebar, there is a Visibility section. Click the visibility option linkpublic image
  4. A drop-down will appear underneath with the following options:drop-down image

    Public Your post can be viewed by anyone who visits your site.
    Password Protected Your post can only be viewed by those who know the post’s password. When this option is selected, a box will appear where you can input the post’s password.
    Private Only site administrators will be able to see your post.
  5. Once you have changed the selection, the post will update to that visibility option

Once updated, your post will immediately adopt the visibility changes. However, keep in mind that the visibility will only affect the post once it has been published.

Updated on November 4, 2021

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