[NH] Re: members' only area
>From: chrispye@...Remember also to add to your root directory the file "robots.txt" to
>Subject: [NH] members' only area
>I want to create a 'members' only' page on my website
>From: "Grey Cat" <greycat@...>
>easier solution is to just give the name of the page to those who are
>allowed on it. i.e. wanttoknow.com/secrets.html
>From: Jody <KJB1611@...>
>You need to go cgi or the like for good security.
>From: Mark Pulver <mpulver@...>
>You should bring it up to your site admin or tech support folks and have
>them configure the server to not allow directory browsing.
disallow private directories: if you write the file "secrets.html" I guess
you don't like a link on AltaVista... even if the file is password protected.
To avoid directory browsing it's enough to put into it an index.html file
pointing elsewhere with a META redirection. BTW, the file "default.htm" is
a standard only on NT servers...
If your provider use Apache you can do a lot of interesting things with a
directory: for example, you can hide some files from browsing, leaving
visible other files.
I suggest you to download Apache server (it runs even on Win95!).
You can run it locally at the address http://localhost (there is a way to
add local web addressess, but it's out of topic here) and you can
experience everything you need *before* to put online your stuff, even CGI,
counters and so on.
I use it to "teach Internet" without the need of a modem.
Another solution can be a FileMaker 4.x server: the database can track
users and passwords, giving a very personal access to visitors, and there
is no need of CGI. Moreover, the same file can be used on Win and Mac.
Hope this helps!
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