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What is an IP address?

An Internet Protocol (IP) address is a numerical identification that is assigned to all devices participating in a computer network using the Internet Protocol for communication. Since these numbers are usually assigned to internet service providers within region-based blocks, an IP address can often be used to identify the region or country from which a computer is connecting to the Internet. An IP address can sometimes be used to show the user's general location. More information on IP addresses can be found here

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Your IP address give us a general idea where you are located, or more specifically where your IP is located.
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What is a .htaccess file?

.htaccess files are a commonly used method to limit access to folders and files on websites to certain users, by checking the details provided against a .htpasswd file.

What is a .htpasswd file?

A .htpasswd file contains usernames and passwords protected using a form of encryption. 

How can I use them together?

You can password protect your site using a simple editor (ie Notepad). First create the .htaccess file as shown below:

AuthName "My Protected Area"
AuthType Basic
AuthUserFile /home/vhost/yourdomain.com/other/.htpasswd
require valid-user

The AuthName section is simply a friendly name displayed for users accessing your protected folder, and can be changed to what you desire.

The AuthUserFile is the absolute path to your .htpasswd file (which we will cover shortly). It is recommended that you put this in the "other" folder in your FTP area. This is more secure, as the "other" folder is only accessible via FTP.

To create your .htpasswd file, enter a username and password into our .htaccess password generator, then copy the results into a text editor and save the file.

Example of contents of a .htpasswd file


Once the files are uploaded to the correct locations your folders will only be accessible by anyone with a valid username and password.

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