Hi RL – I agree that this is reasonably easy to set up and obviously better than WP post passwords.
But it still requires me to assign passwords. I want my users to be able to do that on their own. Do you know of any apps that populate htpassword files from a web form? And I would still like to have a chance to approve registrations before they gain access to the site.
I wish I was a little handier with PHP, because I have a pretty good feeling this is easy to script (i.e., a user post form, a script to hash the password and write to a holding file and notify the admin, then an admin post form and script to copy the username/password from the holding file to htpassword).
But what I’d really like (and I didn’t specify this earlier) would be to let WP render the pages but hold back the private posts.