How To Make the Protected Post or Page Cookie Expire With the Session

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Are you looking for a way to make the protected post or page cookie expire with the session? This snippet forces the protected post/page cookie to expire with the session by setting the cookie’s expiration time to 0.


All you have to do is add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin:

add_action( 'wp', 'post_pw_sess_expire' );
function post_pw_sess_expire() {
    if ( isset( $_COOKIE['wp-postpass_' . COOKIEHASH] ) )
    // Setting a time of 0 in setcookie() forces the cookie to expire with the session
    setcookie('wp-postpass_' . COOKIEHASH, '', 0, COOKIEPATH);

This snippet was created by Drew Jaynes.

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Comments  Leave a Reply

  1. Sergio Manetta April 11, 2013 at 9:06 am

    This code fucked up the rest of my site!! I removed it and now the passwords are not accepted!!

    1. when you enter a password what happens ?

      1. Sergio Manetta April 11, 2013 at 9:45 am

        Nothing, keeps asking again the password. Does this script also modify some other pages.php or files.php automatically ?

        1. this is the correct one

          setcookie(‘wp-postpass_’ . COOKIEHASH, $_COOKIE[‘wp-postpass_’ . COOKIEHASH], 0, COOKIEPATH);

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