Customize Private & Protected – Change or remove title prefix and more


Use this plugin to hide or edit the prefix on your password protected or private page, add widget areas before and after the password protected form, and modify the label and submit button text. These changes are global and apply to all protected and private content respectively.


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  • Modify settings using the customizer.
  • For password protected pages/posts, two widget areas are added.
  • Customize as you like.


Through wordpress admin:

  1. Go to Plugins -> Add New
  2. Search for “Customize Private & Protected”
  3. Install the plugin
  4. Activate it

Through FTP:

Download the plugin
Unzip and upload the folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress


How to use?

After activation, use the WordPress Theme customizer (Dashboard > Appearance > Customize OR “Theme Customizer” in the WP admin bar). For password protected pages, the widgets areas are found in the widgets section of the customizer.


July 9, 2023
I tried different codes to accomplish some of what this plugin does, and I was unsuccessful. Seems that most recent methods to do this no longer work, however this plugin allowed me to hide the “Private” prefix on private pages and posts. Haven't tested the other features it offers yet, but the main purpose I intended to do with it just works. Recommended.
March 29, 2023 2 replies
Did not originally work at all for me at first install (v1.1.1) but clearing cookies & cache got it working. The "live update" behavior of the settings UI is frustrating when editing text entry when the password entry form is displayed as it reloads and moves focus to the password entry field in the middle of typing.
January 10, 2023 1 reply
I was getting quite puzzled trying to add functions in my functions.php files to remove the prefixes of my protected and private pages and posts. Then I found this plugin. It's perfect! Two clicks and I achieved what I was trying to do for 3 days.
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Contributors & Developers

“Customize Private & Protected – Change or remove title prefix and more” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



1.3.0 – 07-03-2023

  • Enhancement – Tweaked selective refresh to improve user experience for supported themes
  • Enhancement – Text domain namespace added for internationalization support

1.2.0 – 04-15-2023

  • Enhancement – Implemented selective refresh to improve user experience

1.1.1 – 03-18-2023

  • Tested – Passed tests with WordPress version 6.2
  • Tested – Passed tests with PHP versions up to 8.1.9
  • Fix – Fixed variables for custom input attributes, which broke in PHP 8 and up.

1.1.0 – 01-16-2023

  • Tested – Passed test with WordPress version 6.1.1
  • Feature – Added ability to customize protected button appearance
  • Enhancement – Enabled translation in plugin labels
  • Enhancement – Minor cleanup

1.0.1 – 09-24-2022

  • Tested – Passed test with WordPress version 6.0.2
  • Enhancement – Added dismissible notice for plugin review

1.0.0 – 07-21-2022

  • Tested – Passed test with WordPress version 6.0.1

1.0.0 – 05-25-2022

  • Tested – Passed test with WordPress version 6.0

1.0.0 – 04-06-2022

  • Tested – Passed test with WordPress version 5.9.3
  • Enhancement – Updated default values for button and label

0.2.0 – 01-09-2022

  • Enhancement – Made fields hide/show based on hide Prefix & Use Default checkboxes
  • Enhancement – Added support for Divi password form
  • Feature – Added option to display WordPress’ default form with widgets

0.1.0 – 08-31-2021

  • Iniital Release