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Old 02-05-2008, 12:32 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by Howard Allen View Post

I'm very naive in these matters, so this question could either have a simple answer or a very complicated one--I dunno.

My ISP gives me 10 MB of free web space, which I'd like to use to park files for others (members of a club) to download. I can FTP files to the web space, but I'd like to protect some of the files with a password/login scheme so that not every Tom, Dick and Harry can get them.

Is this something that I'd have to get my ISP to set up, or is there a simple freeware-type of utility or easy-to-use commercial software that will construct such a "gateway"--as I guess it's called--or is this something I'd need advanced knowledge to do (PHP programming, etc.)?

(Mac OSX, BTW)

Thanks in advance!
Are you going to maintain a database of club members who can access these files, or will they register themselves? How will you know who is a member of the club, and who is not?

There are a good many userid and password mechanisms out there, some far more complex than others. However, first you need to decide who controls what, and what are the consequences, if any, if some non-member gets at the files. Try to avoid anything too complex.

Incidentally, 10 Mb is a small disk space by today's standards, so I wonder how practical your overall idea is going to be.
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