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All I found via Google was outdated advice. In neither the Wordpress.com nor Wordpress.org (i.e. installation on own domain) can I find any option in the "security" or privacy settings aside from the one setting of "Search Engine Visibility", i.e. "Discourage search engines from indexing this site".

Basically I want to either temporarily deactivate my blog (i.e. make it completely inaccessible) or make its - previously public - content private. Is that possible as of April 2013 or in Wordpress 3.6? (Which I have installed right now.)

I hope this question is within the scope of the Wordpress questions allowed here.

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WordPress.com questions are on-topic here. WordPress.org questions are better off at WordPress Development. –  Al E. Apr 22 '13 at 17:10
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For a WordPress.com blog:

Under Settings - Reading (http://<blog>.wordpress.com/wp-admin/options-reading.php)

In the "Site Visibility" section

Tick the radio button for "I would like my site to be private, visible only to users I choose"

snippet from WordPress.com settings panel

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A web-based way that works for both .com and .org blogs, from your blog Dashboard menu:

  • Under Posts, All Posts, click on either All or Published above the list of posts (either one should do it).

  • Below this, change the Bulk Actions drop-down menu to Edit.

  • Tick the check-box beside Title. This should select everything on that page on the list of posts.

  • Beside the Edit drop-down menu, click the Apply button.

  • In the menu that slides down, change the Status drop-down menu to Private, then click Apply.

Note: You'll have to do these steps this for each page of posts in the list.

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