In order to protect a site or a directory using Apache htaccess and htpasswd files follow the steps-
1. Creating .htaccess file and putting the following code-
AuthUserFile /your/abosolute/path/to/this/file/.htpasswd AuthGroupFile /dev/null AuthName "Protected files" AuthType Basic <Limit GET> require valid-user </Limit>
2. Create a .htpasswd in the same directory as .htaccess and put your generated code. Now the big question how to get a ‘generated code’. Apache used bas_64 encoding. A good web based generator is-
Save the file.
And here you go! Your site is protected!