Re: How to Password protect entry to my forum?
Try the Forum Restriction plugin:
or maybe the Force Login plugin:
I haven’t used the Forum Restriction one, but from the description it sounds like you can set up forums that will only allow the users you specify to view/post in whichever forums you restrict. This would also allow you to have a “public” area where prospective users/students/whatever could browse around. The only downside would be that you would have to manually add users to the “whitelist” each time someone registers. Still, it is a pretty simple way to accomplish what you’re looking for.
If you use Force Login, it will at least require that a person be registered and logged in in order to view your content. Since anyone can register, your content would be public to that extent. Good news, though, is that you don’t have to add users to the whitelist. Bad news is that ongoing administration would include deleting unauthorized users whenever they register.
Plan A means plenty of admin up front (and each cycle) to set up authorized users. Plan B means ongoing (and variable) admin to get rid of unauthorized users if/when they register.