Before you start you
will need a text editor programme (like Windows Notepad or Simple Text)
An htaccess file is
a simple ASCII file, created with a text editor
like NotePad or SimpleText. Many people seem to have some confusion
over the naming convention for the file.
.htaccess is the file extension.
It is not filename.htaccess or somepage.htaccess, it is simply named
In order to create the file, open up a text editor and save an empty
page as .htaccess. Chances are that your editor will append
its default file extension to the name (e.g. for Notepad it would call
the file .htaccess.txt). You must remove the default .txt or whatever
file extension it applies.
1. Create a file called ".htaccess" using
a text editor, the contents of your .htaccess file should look
something like this:
allow from all
AuthName "My Password Protected Folder"
AuthUserFile /home/<username>/public_html/<folder>/<pwd file>
Create this file and upload it to the web folder that you want to
2. Create the password file. You must use the same filename which
you specified in your ".htaccess" file above for "<pwd
file>". Your password file will look something like this:
The username is specified on the left of the ":" and the
password is on the right of the ":". Notice that the password
must be encrypted. Use the box below to generate the encrypted password
for use in your password file:
Instant Password Encryption for use with .htaccess files
3. Once you have created your password file, upload it to the folder
you specified in your .htaccess file as "AuthUserFile".
When you attempt to connect to that folder using your browser you
should now see a box appear requesting a username and password for
access to this folder.
Password Protecting a Web Site Directory in Frontpage
1. Start Frontpage
and open the local copy of your web site.
2. Convert the folder you wish to protect into a subweb by right-clicking
and selecting "Convert
3. Open this subweb folder and publish it to the server. Take care
to give it the correct path (i.e. http://www.<your domain>/protect
and not http://www.<your domain>) otherwise you will overwrite
the your main site.
4. Allow the publishing to complete and close the web.
5. Now use File | Open Web and enter the address of your new subweb
(i.e. http://www.<your domain>/protect).
4. Select Tools | Security | Permissions.
5. On the Settings tab, select "Use unique permissions
for this web". Click Apply before proceeding.
6. On the Users tab, select the radio button "Only registered
users have browse access". Click Apply.
7. Browsing to the subweb is now retricted to the site user. When
you browse the folder (e.g. http://www.<your domain>/protect) you
will get a username and password box into which you now have to enter
Frontpage username and password to
8. Do not add or remove any other users otherwise you may cause problems
next time to come to make changes to your site.