[Pro] Member/Password protected area in website

I am trying to build a website that has an area set aside for members only. I envision a form to fill out requesting access with email address, user name and password for entry if accepted. Much like a forum (phpBB). I do need it to be secure as some information in it would be member info and somewhat personal, email addresses and phone numbers. The site is intended as a means of sharing this info with the other members only. I am guessing I would want 2 separate websites, with the protected one in a sub directory to the open one with its own index.html, but how would I work out log-in with some sort of validation? I worry about this info being accessed by someone other than members, I am not really sure how to go about this. Is there an Action for this sort of thing? As you can probably tell by my rant I am pretty new to this and I have thought myself into an infinite loop from which I may never know ground again. Please help.


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This is likely a case for a trawl over at http://www.hotscripts.com/ or http://php.resourceindex.com

There are many scripts out there that will do this for you some of which are Free or pretty cheap.

Find one that seems to fit your needs and we will do our best to help you integrate it into FW.

This is not really an area you want to start from scratch with so if you can find something there it would probably easiest in the long run.

I would probably be looking at a PHP MySql solution - provided that your hosting offers that facility - most do.

David


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A few FWers have said that these guys have some good stuff so their member script is worth having a look at.

http://www.phpjabbers.com/member-login/

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Thank you so much, I will check out these scripts and post when I have chosen one or more to try. My provider does support PHP My Sql. I am presently running phpBB on their servers so I am a little knowledgeable in that regard. Was my idea of a sub directory to the open site well thought out?


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Was my idea of a sub directory to the open site well thought out?

Probably reasonable but not necessarily required. May depend on what script you go for.

A lot of these scripts can be set to protect on a page by page basis.

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Thanks Dave, hopefully I won’t have to revamp my site that being the case.


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Unlikely - what I meant was that a site structure like that shouldn’t be compulsory.

Your idea has merit in that server side protection of a folder and its contents is relatively easy using a feature called Password Protect Directories. Access to all the contents of a particular folder/directory can be controlled using this feature in your hosting Cpanel.

What this doesn’t give you is a sign up feature. You would have to create user/password combinations for your Members either on an individual or group basis.

If that sort of protection is sufficient it is easy to set up without any scripts at all.

This page/folder has that protection set up http://www.deltadesign.co/protected/index.html

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