Password`protected section on my website

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I want some direction on how to set up a password protected section on a website for members only. The site would have a section that can be viewed by all browsers and then a section that is for members only. Can I get some advice on the best way to achieve this , I know you can pay fro or get free methods to do this ( any difference ). I also host with hostgator ( does anyone know or use the contol panel on hosting to password protect a site).

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Peter ( Australia )
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  • Profile picture of the author tjs1954
    Peter,

    if you are using WordPress there is a good free plugin that I use called s2Member it has different membership levels and lets you protect certain pages as well as posts. If you want to charge for memberships it has a very easy to use PayPal integration. it is also compatible with BuddyPress.
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    • Profile picture of the author Janet Sawyer
      Peter,

      With Cpanel and hostgator hosting, check out the tutorial/videos on htaccess.

      You create a members folder and then use htaccess to protect it.
      Only the poeple who know the username and password to this particular folder can access it.

      The only problem with using this method is that there is only one username and password for all the people you want to access this folder.
      But, they only know this if you tell them

      It's basic, it's simple and it works.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kaitlyn Aliano
      Originally Posted by tjs1954 View Post

      Peter,

      if you are using WordPress there is a good free plugin that I use called s2Member it has different membership levels and lets you protect certain pages as well as posts. If you want to charge for memberships it has a very easy to use PayPal integration. it is also compatible with BuddyPress.
      I don't mean to hijack the thread, but I have a question about s2Member. I visited their website, but couldn't find a specific answer.

      I am looking to create a site using WordPress and list a "Clients" page. I want the page to be password protected and want each client to have their own password which leads to their specific page. Is this possible with s2Member? Has anyone done something similar?

      Also, I love the PayPal integration because I want to be able to set up recurring charges to these clients.
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      • Profile picture of the author magicmoola
        Originally Posted by Kaitlyn Aliano View Post

        I don't mean to hijack the thread, but I have a question about s2Member. I visited their website, but couldn't find a specific answer.

        I am looking to create a site using WordPress and list a "Clients" page. I want the page to be password protected and want each client to have their own password which leads to their specific page. Is this possible with s2Member? Has anyone done something similar?

        Also, I love the PayPal integration because I want to be able to set up recurring charges to these clients.
        Yup! This is a very powerful script and I have tried it. There seems like something is not working somewhere else. I mean it work for some and don't.
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      • Profile picture of the author mroracle
        I have been playing around with s2Member and have gone through the tutorials and experimented quite a bit, the password protection for a page is standard functionality and slick, have found nothing that will point a specific user to a specific page once they have logged in.

        It provides options to put all users into a group, only 4 groups are provided, by protecting pages from various groups you should be able to then force them to the page you want, even if this worked it would only do so for 4 users.

        Perhaps investigate if there is a Plugin that directs users to pages once they have logged in and of course is compatible with s2Member.
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        • Profile picture of the author MichaelParsons
          Peter,

          You can see a basic WP/S2M configuration at my (still under construction) website by clicking the sig links. They might 404 :rolleyes:

          Anyway,
          S2Member - a free plugin for WordPress - allows you to restrict the the access to downloads for 5 membership levels #0-#4. #0 is reserved for free members, the kind you'd get from a squeeze page with eBook bribe.

          WP also allows you a sixth membership level which is the public blog post. You can see my blog posts without being a member (good for SE traffic), but the freebie d/l is protected.

          You can even protect individual posts, or SELL ACCESS to individual posts with PayPal if you config the S2 correctly.

          EDIT: File-path on your server to install your downloadable content so NO ONE can get to them without logging in, even if they know the whole URL of the d/l:
          /wp-content/plugins/s2member-files

          Let me know if I can be of further assistance.
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          • Profile picture of the author fxprofitmountain
            If you are good at html you might consider using php to create a member's area. All links that are viewable to everyone (members and non-members) would be links to the php login page.

            This is a bit of a hack, but it will work if you don't want the WordPress plugin everyone is talking about.
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  • Profile picture of the author arpitagarwal82
    You can use your cpanel to password protect any directory.
    Here is the graphical tutorial for the same.
    siteground.com/tutorials/cpanel/pass_protected_directories.htm

    Hope it helps.
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