Procedure for requiring username & password for part of a web site.

Posted on 2003-03-05
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Last Modified: 2013-12-24
Here's the setup.  Web site server running NT4.0 SP6 with IIS on an NTFS partition with the FrontPage Extensions installed.  FrontPage2000 is my authoring software.  I have the site server physically at my location.  So, access to it is no problem.

Here's my question.  I have a web site that is pretty basic in terms of providing information to visitors.  However, I want a portion of the site to be available only to our existing customers or those who would qualify to buy from us.  We are a wholesale nursery and do not sell to retail customers.  Therefore, only wholesalers would be allowed access to the portion of the site, which contains pricing information, etc. that we do not want made available to retail customers.  I would like to have a login with username and password.  Once entered, this information would be validated against the User Manager for Domains database on the server.  Valid input would grant access to the restricted portion of the site.  We do not do e-commerce.  So, it's not really the user information that we are trying to protect, but rather, the pricing information on the web site.

I've done some homework on SSL and registration forms, but I'm still not clear on what I need to do.

Thanks for your help.
Question by:ggs54
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For that part of the web, make it a subweb, and set it up to not allow anonymous access. Anybody who gets to that part of the site will be prompted for a username/password, which must exist on the server for them to see anything.

It's pretty straightforward. You can either do it on the server, or through FP using the Security/Permissions under TOOLS. You have to be an administrator for the site, but you most likely are if you have access to the server.

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This works exactly the way that I want.
Thanks so much for your help.

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