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[NH] Re: members' only area

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  • Marco Bernardini
    ... Remember also to add to your root directory the file robots.txt to disallow private directories: if you write the file secrets.html I guess you don t
    Message 1 of 12 , Nov 17, 1999
      >From: chrispye@...
      >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.

      Remember also to add to your root directory the file "robots.txt" to
      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!


      Marco Bernardini
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