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I need to add a user authentication page before the actual homepage of the website.

In Joomla! I just set the website offline and the offline page loads in place of the homepage but then it's automatically throwing a "503 Service Temporarily Unavailable" error which I would like to avoid. That's why I would like to know the other ways to load an authentication page before the homepage.

NB: I'm using Apache servers if that's relevant Thank you

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

A simple solution on the Apache server side is using Basic access authentication.

See the section "Getting it working" for an example. And here some answers on Stackoverflow.

Pro: If you have access to the command line and your webserver it's a 2 minute set up that blocks access to your project.

Con: Managing access this way for many users might be inconvenient. And you need access to the command line and your webserver :-)

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Is there any possibility to manage it from the control panel given by the hosting server ? – danie7LT Oct 7 '12 at 12:42
Well, I don't know your control panel but the ones I know all support basic HTTP password protection. Your provider/support surely will know. – initall Oct 8 '12 at 7:59

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