Password protecting a webpage

Hi,
I would like to set up a page in Wordpress for a website.  It will sit on the server like:

http://mysite.com.au/wordpress  for example

I would like to password protect this section of the site, so if someone trys to go to this folder they will be prompted for a username and password.

I would like to know the best way to do this, and whether or not is possible to set up different usernames and passwords for different users or if I can only have one username and password?
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Amanda WatsonWeb DeveloperAsked:
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torimarConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Yes, it is possible to set this up with different usernames and passwords.

Use the .htaccess/.htpasswd method.

Here are introductions:
http://weavervsworld.com/docs/other/passprotect.html
http://www.html-password.net
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QPRConnect With a Mentor Commented:
depends, what is the operating system on the server and how much access do you have to set folder properties?
Were this windows I would say you would remove anonymous access from the folder that contains the page(s) and create users (or a group) that will be allowed access. Turn on integrated authentication and they will be prompted for a username/password.

Otherwise if want to put the protection into your code itself then create a login page and check the values against those you have stored (in a database of text file (risky)) if they are verified then set a cookie to say logged_on = true (or something) and redirect them to the page they want to go.

On the protected page check for a cookie value (logged_on) and if not true then redirect to the login page.
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Amanda WatsonWeb DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the response.
I think torimars solution of the Htpasswd Generator is what I was after.
I have also discovered that wordpress actually have some plugins for this!
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