Password Protected Directories
Discover how to set up a protected and user-only area in your site with password-protected directories.
A password-protected directory or area is a folder which can be accessed only when a username and a password are typed in, so no unauthorized people may look at its content. This function could be used for the main folder of a certain Internet site or exclusively for a particular subfolder based upon your preferences. As an example, when you are building a new website and you don't want people to see it before it's ready, you may want to prohibit the access to it entirely, whereas if you need only some people to be able to access particular files, you may password-protect only a particular folder, while the other parts of the Internet site could be seen by everyone. Regardless, a “403 Forbidden” error page shall appear in case the login details the visitor types in aren't right. Even a direct link to a file shall not work if any folder above it is password-protected.
Password Protected Directories in Shared Website Hosting
Setting up a password-protected area will take no more than a few mouse clicks and a few seconds if you host your Internet sites in a shared website hosting account with us. You will not have to do anything complicated - you'll have to choose a domain/subdomain, to select which folder under it should be secured, and then to type in the login name and password that will be used to access that folder. In case a number of individuals require their own login details, there won't be a problem to make a variety of different usernames with access to the same exact folder. All secured folders shall appear with a padlock icon within the File Manager section, so you shall always know where this option is activated. If you want to turn off the security feature for any folder, you can deactivate it from the same exact section of the Control Panel where you have enabled it.