Using Password Sentry in WordPress Environment

Last Updated on 2 May 2023 by Daniel

“Can you use Password Sentry (PS) in a WordPress (WP) environment” is a question commonly asked.

WordPress is used by 43.2% of all websites on the internet. (W3Techs, 2022) According to data from W3Techs. This is an increase from 39.5% in 2021.

WordPress is used by 65.2% of all websites using a content management system. (W3Techs, 2022). A huge market share. WP is becoming very popular as a CMS platform.

Many of which are paid membership sites: our target demographic. We have seen a exponential rise (explosion) in PS sales in the past three years commensurate with WP, which corresponds to the opening question which is commonly asked of sales.

Our answer is YES. Our goal and promise is to make PS as compatible as possible across all platforms. Got one to suggest? Hit us. We will make it at NO cost to you. Three years ago that happened with respect to PS and WP, and we followed through with the development of the WP-PS WordPress Plugin.

Before I go on, I should first explain the two ways one can use PS in a WP environment.

  1. WP Authentication. Integrate PS into WP via our WP-PS WordPress Plugin. In this case, you are using PS to protect WP logins. Authentication is handled by WP. After user clears authentication (enter correct username and password), you are handed off to PS via an API (handled transparently in the background). If cleared by PS, you are logged to WP as per usual. Otherwise, (e.g., password sharing flagged), you are redirected away. Plugin is FREE!
  2. Basic Authentication. This is more popular. Members (usernames and password) are stored in a password file or database. They login via browser authentication popup, or form-based login page if you use our (FREE) AuthForm (AF) Plugin (similar to WP login, but independent of WP). So, instead of logging in to WP, user logins to folder. Authentication is handled by .htaccess. As in (1), logins are monitored and logged to prevent password sharing and dictionary attacks.

In either case, really quick and easy to install and setup PS to protect your WP environment. In the case of our Essential Plan version of PS, you can follow through at no cost (FREE).

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By Daniel

I'm the founder and CEO of Lionsgate Creative, Password Sentry, and hoodPALS. Besides coding and technology, I also enjoy cycling, photography, and cooking.

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