Password Protection in FrontPage

If you are using the FrontPage extensions and want to password protect a folder, you should NOT use the control panel on your server. Do it the "FrontPage Way." WHY? Because applying password protection the "control panel/htaccess way" modifies the FrontPage htaccess file, which may corrupt  the FrontPage extensions.

Note: some of the prompts in the following instructions for the FrontPage way of applying password protection may vary slightly depending the version of FrontPage you're using. Screen Shots are from FrontPage 2003.

Step 1 - Open your website on your hard drive in FrontPage - File | Open Site

Step 2 - Create a new folder in your web and move the page(s) you wish to protect into the new folder.

Step 3 - Right-click on the new folder and choose Convert to Web. This will create what FrontPage calls a subweb in the folder. It will show the little blue globe on the folder. Screenshot of web folder.

Screenshot Convert to Web Menu Item.

Step 4 - Publish the site File | Publish Site

Publish to your web address http://your-domain.com (substitute your own domain name and don't use the www part). Make sure to include the subweb by placing a check in the check box. In FrontPage 2003, include the subweb by clicking Remote Web Site Properties then clicking the Publishing tab and placing a check in the box to Include Subsites.

Screenshot Remote Website Properties.

Step 5 -  After publishing close the web site on your computer.  File | Close Site

Step 6 - Open the Site live on your server  File |  Open Site.  You must open the site live in order to apply the password protection to your new subweb folder. Open web address  http://your-domain.com.

Step 7 - With your web site open on the server, double-click the subweb folder to open the subweb on the server. In the subweb, select the Tools |  Server | Administration Home. You may be asked for a username and password. N.B. - If your server uses the Parallels Pro Control Panel 10.3.1 for Linux Site Administrator's you will need to manage the users and password protect the area through this control panel. There is an excellent Help section for the process.

Step 8 - In the Users and Roles section, click the link to Change subweb permissions. Select the option to Use Unique Permissions for this Web Site and click the Submit button. At the top, click the Administration link to return to the Administration Home.

Screenshot - Manage Users.
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Screenshot - Change Permissions.
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Step 9 - Click the link to Change anonymous access settings. Select the option to turn Anonymous access off and click the Submit button. At the top, click the Administration link to return to the Administration Home.

Screenshot Anonymous access.
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Step 10 - Click the link to Manage Users. Click the link to add a user. Enter the username and password, select the user's role, and click the Add User button. If you are finished adding users, click the Administration link to return to the Administration Home.

Screenshot manage users.

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Screenshot Add User.
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If you are finished making changes, select File | Close Site.

NOTE: if your host has EnsimPro installed as your Control Panel you may have to use that in order to password protect your FrontPage website folder.