I unchecked the read permissions for a folder I have on a Godaddy Windows shared host that I want password protected and it worked first time but since going back I get 500 (Internal Server) Error. Thought it might be cache something so tried hard refresh but nothing.


In the GoDaddy Help Center: Password Protecting Web Directories on a Windows Hosting Account

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  • Been there, done that. Maybe I should have been more explicit in the title. – Pathfinder May 6 '11 at 13:14
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    @Pathfinder If you've already followed the host's own instructions(And yes, you should edit your question to point that out.), then it's probably time to talk to support. – Su' May 6 '11 at 17:05

to password protect a directory on godaddy, don't change the permissions. go to godaddy hosting ftp file manager and select the folder and click on protect. Click on the password protection tab and put a password.

BTW you need an HTACCESS and HTPASSWD file rather than changing permissions. GoDaddy will create it for you when you select the password protection option.

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  • Thanks for the answer. I remember HTACCESS and HTPASSWD from my linux days. Does Godaddy use them for Windows accounts? I click on folder and do not see a protect option. – Pathfinder May 1 '11 at 19:18

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