I was trying to put some password protection on a single file the other day using an htaccess file, but was getting all sorts of weird server errors. So I did some searching and a little research, and I figured out a way to mimic htaccess password protection with php.

// Check if Username and password correct or ask for them
if(($_SERVER['PHP_AUTH_USER'] == "myusername") AND
($_SERVER['PHP_AUTH_PW'] == "mypassword"))
{ ?>
Protected Content Here
<?php } else {
// Ask for username and password
header("WWW-Authenticate: " ."Basic realm=\"Protected Area\"");
header("HTTP/1.0 401 Unauthorized");
// Show failure text after several failed attempts
echo "This area is protected by a valid username and password";

Nate Atkinson

Nate a web developer at Eastern Illinois University and occasionally adjunct-faculty at EIU teaching some courses in the School of Business. He lives in Champaign, IL with his wife and dog Indiana ("we named the dog Indiana...").

So, what do you think ?