How to Make a Website Password Protected

The world has changed as a result of the tools made available by the Internet. Information is available for immediate access and download. This led us to the era of online news, social networking and the blogosphere. Sometimes we find the need to cooperate with others on a private project. If you have a group that wants to access information and does not make it available to the rest of the world you need methods to protect an area of ​​you website with a password. Here are some ways to make secure private areas of your site through password protection.

I am most familiar with using private web pages in the Content Management System called Drupal. A Content Management System creates pages for viewing on the fly. The pages are not sitting on the server waiting for viewing. Drupal has methods called Roles and Privileges which enable the setting up of private web pages. Users of a Drupal site may earn advanced Roles that allow them access to additional information. The Web Developers create certain content types or views that can only be seen by persons with the advanced Roles. In this way, trusted persons can access data that novices can not. It is possible to exclude the public from data which they do not even know exists. The menu links to these areas and views will be invisible to them. It is not required to log in to a restricted area. It is a matter of gaining a certain status which makes the viewing or more information possible. Remind Members with higher roles to log out so that others following them on the computer do not view the data. This is a very secure way to host data for viewing by the eyes of a few.

All websites hosted on an Apache Server should have a file in their root directory called .htaccess. The .htaccess file allows the owner to set up certain rules about who may access the data. Remember that this is on Linux hosting not Windows hosting. When you look in your root directory with your FTP tool you may not see .htaccess. In some programs you have to configure it show hidden files. With .htaccess you can allow access only to persons with specific IP Addresses or you can set things up for a password login form. You can use .htaccess on any folder in your website. There is a tool available in cPanel that sets password protection for various folders on the hosting account. This makes it easy for those ho have cPanel available with their hosting.

You can find software tools online which will help with the setup of your .htaccess file. DynamicDrive offers an online wizard for setting up this password page – http://www.tools.dynamicdrive.com/password/ . Instructions are given to enter the user names and passwords for your users along with the path to the .htaccess file. The wizard will generate the code which you must paste into your.htaccess file. Detailed instructions come …

Discover the Advantages and Disadvantages of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) vs Pay Per Click

You’ve just launched your new website (or launched the redesign) and now you’re sitting back waiting for the orders to roll in. But wait a minute, something’s wrong… there don’t seem to be any. It’s as if your site doesn’t exist.

Well, I hate to burst your bubble, but unless you have either a well publicised site or many websites linking to yours, you’re going to have to rely on the search engines. And if your site doesn’t rank in the first three result pages, it’s more than likely you won’t be found at all.

So… you know what’s coming next; that’s right, you need a good dose of search engine marketing (SEM) to make sure your site gets listed on the search engines’ results pages. Do this and the traffic to your website will soon follow.

“Right”, I hear you say. “Let’s do some search engine marketing then…”

Well that’s certainly a good start! But first you have to work out your approach to maximise your returns. Let’s call this your search engine marketing strategy. In order to create an effective strategy you need to understand a bit more about how search engine marketing works. Currently, we can roughly-speaking separate search engine marketing into two different approaches:

  1. Organic: including search engine optimisation, links from other websites and offline marketing.
  2. Paid: including pay per click, paid submission and online advertising (banner ads).

So to help you further, I’ve listed below the advantages and disadvantages to each approach to SEM and outlined my recommendations.

Organic: Advantages

  1. The majority of the work behind search engine optimisation (SEO) is a one-off activity, and so is usually charged out at a set upfront fee.
  2. The changes made to your website will probably still be relevant and driving traffic to your site a year from now.
  3. Credibility: most people (research indicates between 60 and 80 percent) will click on the organic results rather than the sponsored (paid) results.
  4. If you rank well in one of the major search engines (Google/Yahoo/MSN), you will most likely show up in the majority of the search engines worldwide.

Organic: Disadvantages

  1. Changes must be made to your website’s code. Normally the changes are invisible to visitors. However, if you have invested heavily in a search engine-unfriendly site, the process can be time-consuming and costly; and occasionally significant changes may need to be made to your site’s copy, navigation or design. Of course ultimately, you’ll see returns if you commit to the necessary changes.
  2. Results (rankings and traffic) start slowly. You will normally see results within 3-4 months.
  3. There can be no guarantee. As the search engines themselves have the final say, you can’t predict how many rankings you’ll get for a particular search term or engine; nor can you predict how much traffic you’ll get to your site.

Paid: Advantages

  1. Pay per click (PPC) advertising programs are fast to implement. It usually takes two to three weeks to set up and run. Google AdWords are up-and-running as soon as

Free Registry Fix and Registry Booster 2011

Registry Booster 2010 is an example of a free registry fix, though like most programs of this nature, it is not exactly free. It is free to download with no strings attached and lets you run a free scan of your computer. However, to actually fix the registry errors, you must register with the program.

Free Registry Fixes In General

A program designed to clean your registry is not necessary – simple as that. Your computer could potentially go its entire “life” and not need a scan for registry errors. In fact, Windows used to come with its own free registry cleaner, but it was “pulled from the shelves,” so to speak, because there were reports of it causing irreversible errors. Tampering with the registry (automated or not) of a computer can permanently corrupt data and cause a broken computer and the necessity of a clean wipe of the hard drive. While all of this is true, let’s be realistic. It is relatively safe to use a registry cleaner without fear of corrupting data. Still, backup the registry before editing it in any way.

Why Use a Registry Cleaner?

The registry of a computer holds all configurations for Windows and its associating programs. When a program is deleted, for example, it sometimes leaves an unnecessary trail behind. A registry cleaner can delete this waste of space and organize the clutter of your registry. In a way, this prevents errors from occurring simply because it becomes a tidier, more organized store. In high priority cases, cleaning a computer registry will decrease startup time, making for a faster boot-up.

These cleaners go by different names. A “fix” or “cleaner” are two common examples of names given to these types of programs, but they all serve the same purpose. For some reason, unlike free anti-spyware programs and free antivirus trial, the free registry program is kind of a mythical beast. Who knows why? Programs like Spybot: Search and Destroy and AVG are free and fully operational. Registry programs that are free are harder to come by without a string attached.

Registry Booster 2011

Like most registry cleaners, it is free to download and free to scan your computer. Unfortunately also like most cleaners, it actually requires paid registration to fix those errors. In Registry Booster 2011’s case, it will automatically fix your first 15 errors for free. This program also comes with a “money back” guarantee. If the performance of your computer does not improve, they will send you your money back. It also allows the option of defragmenting your registry. This essentially puts things of relevance close to one another resulting in accessing them faster.…