The HTTP Authentication plugin works simple but adequate. Once published, every visitor to your Joomla! site is asked for an username and password through a HTTP Authentication popup. The Joomla! frontend is only accessible when HTTP Authentication is granted (by using the regular Joomla! login-system).
- To install this plugin, download it from the download-section on this site to your computer.
- Then install the ZIP file from within the Joomla! Administrator as a regular extension.
- Next go to the Plugin Manager to enable this system-plugin. It is listed as "System - HTTP Authentication".
The plugin has few parameters. The parameter Redirect determines where the user is redirected to after authentication. The parameter Include IP can be used to define a list of IP-addresses that are allowed authentication through this plugin. This allows you to put your site offline through the Global Configuration, replace the offline.php file of your template with a nice under-construction-message (without an ugly login-form) and then use the HTTP Authentication plugin to allow yourself as developer access. Likewise the Exclude IP parameter can be used to give yourself more direct access.
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