How to password protect a folder in your site

This tutorial shows how to password protect a folder in your site, using cPanel. This is also known as htaccess or htpasswd folder protection. This allows you to create a restricted area, where your visitors will have to type a login and password to gain access. This guide is based in a cheap web hosting cPanel account from Copahost.

In this example, we created a sample folder called restricted-area inside public_html, and we will protect it with a login and password. We wish to have this URL protected: http://www.siteexemplo.com/restricted-area . This will be our password protect folder.

First of all, we have to open cPanel, and click in Directory Privacy, which is located under the Files tab.

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Now we have to find the folder we wish to protect. Our example folder is /public_html/restricted-area . To enter in the public_html folder, we will click exactly in the yellow folder icon, as marked in red. Warning: if you click in the text “public_html”, cPanel will understand you wish to this to be a password protected folder. To avoid this issue, we have to click in the yellow icon as shown.

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Choosing the place of the password protected folder

Now we are inside the folder /public_html . We must click over the text of the folder we wish to protect (restricted-area).

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Now we have to check (activate) the option Password protect this directory, and then, enter a name for the restricted area. You must click Save afterwards.

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After placing this configuration, we have to choose an username and password. More than one user and passwords can be added. After that, we must click Save.

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You will see this success message.  Now just click Go back

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Testing the restricted area, protected by password

The job to password protect a folder is now complete! Now you can open your browser and type http://www.siteexemplo.com/restricted-area

In this example, the htaccess protected folder is restricted-area.

By entering the username created (john) and its password, you will have access to this content.

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Add or remove users from htpasswd

In cPanel you can manage, delete or add more than one user, as shown:

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This video explains in details the whole process of protecting folders with htaccess using cPanel

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