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There always comes a time when I’m writing that I don’t want it to appear on the front page of my blog or go out via my RSS feeds. Today I’m going to share a couple of free plugins and tips I have used for years that make it super easy to publish new content, but publish it quietly without anyone knowing.

Why hide posts?

Here are a couple of reasons why I sometimes don’t want things to show or go out via my RSS feeds:

  • I’m writing an article specifically for SEO purposes that I know Google will probably enjoy more than my readers would. And yes, there can be a big difference.
  • Sometimes I write articles for fun that might lean a little too far out of the target demographic of the site. Some of you might think I’m crazy here, but even though I spend 60+ hours a week writing, I still enjoy it.  I’ll still be blogging when I’m 80.
  • My RSS feeds automatically trigger my newsletter each week with MailerLite, as I use the RSS to email feature. And so if either of the scenarios above are true, I definitely don’t want the article hitting my email list.
  • I don’t want something notifying external services of my publication. Typically this is due to social media automation I have hooked up.

How to hide WordPress posts

This is where the free WordPress Hide Posts plugin. It has a 5-star rating and works great with the new Gutenberg block editor.

WordPress Hide Posts plugin

You can download it from the WordPress repository or by searching for it within your WordPress dashboard under “Add New” plugins. Once installed simply browse to a post that you want to hide, and choose from the following options:

  • Hide on frontpage (I typically use this one)
  • Hide on categories
  • Hide on search
  • Hide on tags page
  • Hide on authors page
  • Hide in RSS feed (another handy one)
  • Hide on blog page

Hide WordPress Posts options

Then hit “Publish.” And that’s it! Your post will start getting crawled by Google, but nobody browsing your site will know about it.

It also supports custom posts types, such as pages and even WooCommerce products. You can enable other post types in the “WordPress Hide Posts” settings.

WordPress Hide Posts settings

Alternative Plugin

Previously, I recommended the free Stealth Publish WordPress plugin. It is developed by Scott Reilly, who has over 100 plugins in the WordPress repository and has a 5-star rating. However, it doesn’t support the new Gutenberg block editor. If you are still using the Classic Editor it works great!

This plugin hasn’t been updated for a couple of years, but don’t worry, Scott is still around. Some of his other plugins were updated as little as three months ago. This plugin is pretty basic, and therefore nothing really has changed over the last year in how it works, therefore not requiring any updates.

Stealth publish WordPress post

Stealth publish WordPress post

Stealth publish WordPress post

Summary

Hopefully, this short and quick post on how to hide WordPress posts from the front page was helpful. In fact, I’m curious, would you guys like to see more of these quick little tips? If so, let me know below in the comments.

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