Client Login that's better than .htaccess
March 7, 2006 9:28 AM Subscribe
I work for a small production company, and we’re looking for a server-side “client-login” solution to reside on our web server for customers to preview rough-cuts and miscellaneous files.
Currently, we have a combination of .htaccess / .htpasswd protected directories on our web server, with some PHP to make the file listings a little nicer on the eye.
The two big problems with this system are ease of use and flexibility. For each client, we have to create a separately passworded directory below the main “client” tree on our server. This task also requires someone to manually add the user name / password to the .htpasswd list, which isn’t the easiest thing to train someone else to do. Secondly, it requires the client to browse to the correct sub-directory below the “client” tree, which adds a degree of error – which tends to reflect poorly on our company, and not the user. Lastly, this is all dependent on SSH and FTP to move files, which isn’t user-friendly for most people, including production assistants and interns, who need to be doing this work.
I’m looking for a server-side solution where a user can enter login credentials, and be taken to their own page with media specifically assigned to them. The ability to admin logins on the fly, through the same web-based interface is also important. Additionally, the ability to add files to the web server through a web-based submission form is also necessary.
Does anyone have any suggestions for an existing solution to accomplish what we’re looking for? If not, any suggestions on how to improve our low-tech way of currently doing things would also be appreciated.