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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.

Instructions:

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.

Note: If this is your first time adding code snippets in WordPress, then please refer to our guide on how to properly copy / paste code snippets in WordPress, so you don’t accidentally break your site.

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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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