password protect pages

I need to password protect some pages.
I am running RedHat Linux 7.1 and apache with php.

I tried following some info I found and got into trouble.

I was trying to use .htpasswd and .htaccess and made the entire site unviewable. Even after removing the files it remained the same. Glad I had it backed up.

What is the correct way to do this?
Not nessary to explain, but just point to the info.

I would like to know what kind of attribute this puts on so I can remove it if I ever have this problem again.




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Ted22Asked:
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dorwardCommented:
Using .htaccess and .htpasswd is the correct way to do it, and if you remove the files (remember they are hidden by default as they start with a ".") then all their effects will be undone. I don't understand how you managed to block the entire site and then be unable to release it.

I've found this tutorial on passwording to be quite good:

http://www.vortex-webdesign.com/help/pwprotect.htm
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zerotwoCommented:
Why not use an Active-X or Perlscript???
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dorwardCommented:
Well he can't use Active-X becuause it only runs on Windows. Its a Linux server (and if you meant for the clients then that would limit the site to Internet Explorer users).

And why use Perlscript when you can have the webserver do it for you?
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Ted22Author Commented:
I still don't know what happened previously, but my problem was that apache was not configured to use passwords.
First answer was the most help so I gave it the points.
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