Many times during the site creation process you don’t want the public to watch the development…….for many reasons. Or, when the site is finished you prefer to have only a select group of people to have site access, like family.
Well, here’s one way to do that. Use a plugin called HIDE MY SITE. It can be found on the WordPress.org website under plugins.
Once installed and activated, you need only to set a password and save it. After that when a visitor lands on your homepage, they will be confronted with a special dialogue box telling them this is a protected site and they need to enter the password.
This is a really nice feature and you can deactivate it any time you want.