I’ve been hunting for some information in regards to this for q few hours now and coming up short. What ultimately im trying to do is basically create a membership area on-site with secure content.
ie, you need to be logged in to download a file or to view a file (streaming video?) … but I can’t for the life of me figure out how to lock down a file. I didn’t want to just do password protected folder on the server, i wanted to keep my login elegant and part of the front site.
Using php/codeigniter i can quite easily allow downloads while hiding the URL of it, but ultimatley the content is still sitting in a non-secure folder. if you had the url of the file you could just type it in and download it.
How exactly do you properly lock down a file, and then how do you allow people access to it later?
locking down inline content is fine, but for anything that sits outside of a page.. videos, zips, etc.. I’m at a loss
I’ve been in this situation before for sure and usually end up with making sure the links to the downloable files are behind a protected area and are obscure enough hopefully people won’t be able to find them otherwise. Not ideal though…
I imagine .htaccess stuff is the way to truly protect the files, but usually that involves nasty browser-level login/password windows. There is definitely a clean way to do this though, or at least I would think there is, I just don’t know what it is exactly.