Many thanks to Jim Groom at Bavatuesdays for his suggestions in response to my previous post. (Love this job advert by the way!) In fact, with a bit of help from our resident WordPress developer, Alex Bilbie, we’ve managed to get themes compatible with WordPress 3.0 to display private pages through the Menu Builder, which is pretty much what I needed to do. One small gripe remains, which is that casual visitors can still see the private page links in the menu, and the 404 message they get when they click on them isn’t exactly as I would wish, suggesting that “searching might help you find what you’re looking for”.
Er, No it won’t: I want to say “it’s private, and you can’t have it without permission”. Still, I don’t want to change the message for the whole theme, so I guess I’ll put up with it for now. But, still. Thanks to Jim and Alex for their help.