Password Protected Gallery Pages & Posts

Password Protected Gallery Pages & PostsNextGEN Gallery, Plus and Pro do not come with password protected galleries.  It's not that we don't believe in them.  It's that WordPress already has password protection as a feature for pages and posts so we didn't feel the necessity to create our own.

If you do then please vote for the feature.

With that said, though, we wanted to share how to go about password protecting galleries.  So for example, if a wedding photographer wants to share a gallery with only the bride and groom.

When creating a page or post, look at the Publish widget and next to Visibility: Public is an Edit link.  Clicking on edit will bring up the password protection options.

From there you can select Password protected as the option, and then type in the neccessary password.

Here is an example of a password protected page.

You can learn more about this WordPress feature in the WordPress codex.

Feel free to comment with related questions as well.

Thanks for reading,


This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. This sort of protection is not enough. If a bot finds out where the pictures are stored – and this is pretty easy when using the standard folder structure of any gallery plugin – all the pictures can be “stolen”, no matter if password protection is turned on or off. This is because the picture files and their FOLDERS are not protected at all.

    1. NextGEN Gallery uses htaccess to protect your original images. However, you won’t find any software that protects images displayed on the front end. Yes, we also offer drag and right click protection, but anyone can look at source code on any website on any platform. This includes Squarespace, 500px and more. However, combine our security of original images, password protection, right click and drag protection and watermarking and you have a lot of control over making your images safer. But there is no guaranteed image security anywhere.

  2. Hello, Thank you for the product. As a school portrait photographer, individual passwords are essential to each gallery to prevent access to student’s pictures from lurking individuals. Links and keys are emailed to parents individually for their kid’s gallery access. If we can’t lock them, maybe obscure/random urls to galleries alone, where those urls can be emailed individually.


  3. So there is no way to password protect individual galleries? That was the whole purpose I bought this plug in. UGH. A waste of $99

    1. Hi Jessica,

      There was no reason to recreate what WordPress already offers, so utilizing the built-in password protection feature does the same thing as if we had built our own password protection feature. With that said, NextGEN does allow for password protected galleries 🙂

  4. Ok but what if i want one page with 10 gallerys and each of them protected with there single different password!?

    How can I do that?


  5. Would be nice to lock a gallery, much less programming works 😉

  6. Hello we have galleries on our site which now glitch when entering the password, sometimes the password takes you to the gallery and at times it just stays at the password screen. We use the free version and current version.

    1. You’re welcome to contact support if you need assistance. Note that the password protection feature is part of WordPress, not NextGEN Gallery.

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