The Private Notes WordPress plugin is in active development, I’m providing it here for the public to hack, tweak and learn from… Use at your own risk.

Private Notes allows users create and store notes on their personal website.

How Private Notes works

The Plugin creates a Notes section within the dashboard where you can create and maintain your notes.

A Custom Post Type is created to hold your content.

These notes are visible when logged into your website while the content remains hidden from a public guest who could be viewing the page.

What users can see when they’re logged in.
An example of what the public would see if they visit the post


The post’s title, author, date and other data will remain visible to the public. Additionally any media files such as images, videos, audio, and documents will remain visible from their attachment pages. Private Notes does not secure any files attached to the post! It only hides the post’s content area.

Creating a Private Note

After activating the private Private Notes plugin a notebook icon will appear in your admin menu under Posts. Simply Add New, type out some notes, add media, links, embeds or whatever you like. Then hit publish.

The Post Editor of a Note
The Post Editor of a Note

Although self hosting notes in WordPress isn’t as convenient as a dedicated note taking app it does allows personal control and ownership of my thoughts.


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