Posted on September 4, 2020

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How to Password Protect Your WordPress Forms

Do you want to password protect a form on your WordPress website?

Normally, when you add a form to your website, it is visible to all users who can see that page. If you want to protect a WordPress form and limit its access to only certain people, then you may need to password protect that particular form.

In this article, we’ll explain step by step how to easily password protect your WordPress forms.

Password protecting a WordPress form

Why Password Protect WordPress Forms?

There are lots of reasons why you might password protect forms on your WordPress website.

For instance:

  • You create and maintain websites for a number of clients. When they need support, they fill out a support request form. Non-clients shouldn’t be able to request support using that form.
  • You have weekly appointments with clients over Zoom or Skype, which they can book through your website. Non-clients shouldn’t be able to book an appointment.
  • You run an online photography club. Members can send in their best photos each month and you feature a selection on your website. Non-members shouldn’t be able to send in photos.

In all these situations, you want to prevent non-clients or non-members from filling in your form. Otherwise, you need to carefully go through all the form entries to check whether they are valid submissions or not.

We are going to cover 2 ways to password protect your forms in WordPress.

1. Password Protect a WordPress Form Using WPForms

WPForms is our #1 rated contact form plugin for WordPress. It allows you to create any kind of WordPress forms by using a simple drag and drop form builder.

It also comes with a form locker addon which allows you to add password protection to your WordPress forms when needed.

First,you need to install and activate the WPForms plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Next, you need to set up your form. Just follow our instructions on how to create a contact form in WordPress for help with this.

Once you have your form ready, the next step is to install the Form Locker addon for WPForms. First, go to WPForms » Addons in your WordPress admin.

The WPForms addons page in your WordPress admin

Here, you need to search for the ‘Form Locker’ addon. Just click on the ‘Install Addon’ button to install and activate it:

Installing the Form Locker addon for WPForms

Now, go to WPForms » All Forms and find the form that you want to protect. Simply click on the form name to start editing it:

Editing a form in WPForms

Next, go to Settings » Form Locker and you will see the Form Locker options. Go ahead and click on the ‘Enable password protection’ box:

Going to the Form Locker settings page in WPForms and checking the password box

You will now be able to enter a password. You may also enter a display message if you want to.

Entering a password and a message for your password protected form

Don’t forget to click the Save button at the top of the screen after setting your password:

Make sure you save your changes to password protect your WordPress form

Now, when someone visits a post or page with that form on, they will see the rest of the content but not the form itself.

The user's view of the form before entering the password

When the user enters the password, the password box and message will disappear. They will see the page content and the form itself:

The form displays after the user enters the password

You could also use this method to password protect forms in widgetized areas such as your sidebar.

A password protected form in the WordPress site's sidebar

As you can see, outside of just password protection, the form locker also offers other advanced features like limiting total number of entries, restricting access to logged in users only, and even enabling form submissions for only certain dates.

However if you’re looking for a free option to password protect your form, then see option #2.

2. Password Protect the Form’s WordPress Page

What if you want to hide the whole page, not just the form itself? This is very easy to do in WordPress.

First, create or edit a page and add your form to it, as shown above:

Editing the WordPress page that has the form on

Then, click on the ‘Document’ settings on the right hand side. Simply click on the ‘Public’ link here:

Editing the page's visibility settings

You will now see the ‘Post Visibility’ popup. Next, click the ‘Password Protected’ option and type in the password you want to use:

Password protecting the page with the form on in WordPress

Now, when someone visits that page, they will need to enter a password to see any of the content:

The WordPress page now requires a password before the content can be viewed

We hope this article helped you learn how to password protect your WordPress forms. You may also want to see our guide on how to password protect a WordPress website, how to secure your contact forms, and how to improve overall WordPress security to keep your content safe and protected.

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