1. What is .htaccess?
The .htaccess file can be placed in one or more of your
/home/user/public_html subdirectories. Among other things,
this file can be used to restrict access to other files
and web pages. When a request for a web page is made, the
web server first checks for an .htaccess file. The server
begins this check by looking for .htaccess in the root of
the current web directory, and on down the directory tree
until it reaches the directory where the requested file
resides. Since the placement of the .htaccess file determines
when it is executed, this fact can be used to restrict access
only in certain subdirectories.
2. If I'm using FrontPage,
can I edit the .htaccess file?
NO! If you're running FrontPage, you
cannot custom-edit the .htaccess file within your public_html
or www space. You'll either create a security hole or break
FrontPage. There are no other options. This includes
ANY .htaccess file in your domain, including one in the
cgi-bin. (Having said this, please note that an .htaccess
file may be used in any directory within the webspace that
is *not* owned by the user; for example, a directory owned
3. How do I password protect
a directory if I am using FrontPage?
Visit here for more information.
4. How do I password protect directories from control panel?
Login to your control panel, click "Password Protect Directories" iconClick directory name to password protect
Click "Folder requires a password to access via http://" and type a name such as Members
in "Folder requires a password to access via http://" then click SAVE
Then add the username/password you want to give access to