Sometimes it may be necessary to close/limit access to your website or the cart admin area for security or development issues. This can be done using htaccess password protection.

If you read the article you should know that the main point here is to create 2 files called .htaccess and .htpasswd in the directory you want to password protect, where a .htaccess file actually closes access to a directory with a form where you need to submit login/password to be authorized and the .htpasswd file contains the very login/password info you need to submit to be authorized.

First, you need to create a .htpasswd file with your login and password, the file content being like

mylogin:mypassword

where mylogin stands for a login authorized to access this folder and mypassword stands for a password to be used.

Next, to close your whole X-Cart store you need to put a .thaccess file with the following content into an X-Cart root directory:

AuthType Basic
AuthName "Password Protected Area"
AuthUserFile /path/to/.htpasswd
Require valid-user

Where /path/to/.htpasswd should be changed with the full path to your .htpasswd.

If you need to password protect the store admin area only, the .htaccess file content should be as follows:

AuthType Basic
AuthName "Password Protected Area"
AuthUserFile /path/to/.htpasswd
<Files "admin.php">
Require valid-user
</Files>