I'm currently building a website for my local amateur dramatics group and they have asked me to put the minutes of their meetings up on the site but
in such a way that only members can access it.
Is their a simple way to do this? It doesn't have to be totally secure (I know, nothing is) but just so that a casual visitor to the site can't get to it.
Then name the page an obscure name and make it only accessable via a password thingy - the password being the page name.
They wont make it ultimately safe from spiders and robots but it should be good enough.
See this example in my test site:-
Try page2 as the password
If you're not worried about security and just want to avoid people bumping into it by accident, just pop it in a folder with a blank index.
..site/folder/index.htm (blank page)
Then only people who know the page address can go to the file.
You can password protect the folder with a htaccess file if needed.
Or, attach it as a zip file, which is password-protected.
Just don't link to the page in any way, just tell people its obscure name, and use a robots.txt or noindex, nofollow in the header.
Working from the bottom:
Dr. John: good to see you, how's the flying? Problem there is we are talking computer numpties who consistently lose web addresses, they want to be able to google the site and click on a button or somesuch.
Katzy: Nice idea, not sure how I'd go about it but google is my friend.
DMWright: I've tried the htaccess route but can't get it to work, so far I've followed three tutorials and have ended up with three different results, a 404, a 403 and the sign in recurring. Just hiding the page address suffers from the same problem I've outlined to Dr John.
John Little: That seems to fit the bill, and I may be able to use robots.txt to keep it a bit more hidden.
The Password protected Zippy is probably you easiest, Simon. Or, even easier, why can't you just e-mail the minutes to the members and let them worry about their own security.
If you want a good page on how to use teh robots file, then see the following: http://www.seoconsultants.com/robots-text-file/