Website Access Manager allows or denies access on a folder-by-folder and file-by-file basis, but Visual Site Designer creates only one folder (called files) that contains all your website files. This folder is uploaded as a subfolder of your server root. If your Website only has two folders, that means there are only two folders to protect — and that's a problem, since those two folders contain your entire website. Luckily, there are a couple of workarounds available.
One option is to create and save an entirely new Visual Site Designer project that contains all the content you want to password protect, and then store it in a separate folder on your server. Alternately, if you've already designed the password-protected content on your website, you can simply copy and paste your page elements to a new website.
Once you're done creating or transferring your password-protected content to a new website, the next step is to tweak your FTP settings in Visual Site Designer. Because you’ll be uploading this website to a different folder, you’ll have to change the WWW folder. To access your FTP settings, go to Settings > FTP Settings. (Note: If you're using S-Drive, you won't be able to set up password protection using Website Access Manager. Not to worry, though — we're working on integrating S-Drive into Website Access Manager!)
Next, append whatever has been entered in the WWW Folder field with /foldername, with foldername being the name of the folder you wish to protect (e.g. members, private, etc.). This will create a folder on your server where your password-protected files will be stored. For instance, if you upload your regular website files to public_html, you should upload your password-protected files to public_html/private.
After you’ve finished entering this information, click OK and upload your files. You can now open Website Access Manager and apply password protection to this portion of your website.
There’s another option available for those who wish to apply password protection to folders or files in their website. To do this, go to Settings > Add Files in Visual Site Designer. You can then create a folder on your server and transfer files from your computer to that folder. For instance, you could create a folder called music and then transfer MP3s from your computer to that folder.
After you’ve uploaded these changes to your server, you can then password-protect this folder using Website Access Manager.