At the very lowest end of the scale, the easiest way to do this is to
use your hosting provider’s control panel to create a password
protected folder on the server, then make a folder of the same name in
your Freeway document, put the private pages in that folder, and
publish. This will not work exactly the same as your example – if a
visitor tries to navigate into the folder, they will see a generic
(browser-generated) login and password field.
Moving further up the scale, you would need to create a login page in
Freeway and have some sort of server program to accept the input from
that login page, check the credentials, and allow or deny a visitor.
This is very straightforward to program in PHP or another server
language, but is not the sort of thing you just jump right into at the
beginning of your Web design career. It also means that you will need
to create some method for these logins to be stored, and for your
client (friend) to administer them. If you take this to its natural
conclusion, you will also want some way for your friend to upload new
photos (without asking you to do it each time) as well.
If you are willing to give up the look and feel of the site a bit
(probably a lot) then you can find packaged solutions to this problem,
many for pay, but some for free. Here’s a huge list:
Scroll to the bottom of the page (past all the “sponsored” links), and
I think you might get a lot of mileage out of either Gallery or
Coppermine. These are the sort of thing you install on your server
once, then use the admin pages to upload your photos, set gallery
names, logins, and passwords, and basically your friend can self-serve
all day long. The downside to these sorts of programs is that they
require you to be a pretty good scratch programmer to make them look
like anything other than what they look like “out of the box”. So
basically you will have to get pretty good at hand-coding to make them
look like part of your site.
On May 10, 2009, at 5:49 PM, bigjimmy464 wrote:
Hi, I am very new to Freeway so am at a very basic level. I have a
friend who has asked if I can create their website for them, which I
think I can, but they have asked to have ‘Password Protected’ areas
on the site (Example: http://www.everybodysmile.biz/martinayleyphotography/viewweddings.html)
. Is this possible in Freeway Pro? If not, is there an alternate
solution that you could help me with. I would really appreciate any
help with this. – James.
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