Updated on Oct 12, 2022
When you have a website, you often have to work on it, and sometimes the work is more extensive than usual. In such cases, you may need to restrict user access to your website.
In this post, we will explain how you can do that quickly on your Joomla! Website. According to the most recent statistics, Joomla is a well-liked open-source platform for websites. Of all the websites whose content management system is known, Joomla is used by 2.5% of them. This accounts for 1.6% of all websites.
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You can easily achieve that with one of the core features of Joomla. This feature will place your website offline for all users. You will be able to display a message to notify them that there is currently maintenance running on your site or a similar message of your choice.
For some extensive information on how to enable maintenance mode on your Joomla! website and configuring a custom offline message, you can review our Joomla! offline mode tutorial.
There are two different ways to restrict access to an article in Joomla:
Let’s go over both methods with the steps you need to follow.
If the menu setting is configured to use the article setting, the appropriate menu setting or the article setting can override these options.
Without a "read more," content in articles is referred to be "intro text." Add a "read more" to the article if it doesn't already have one in case you have articles that are exclusively accessible to registered users. Otherwise, the entire article will be viewable to all users.
When you block this type of access to some of your critical Joomla Files over the web, you are essentially reducing the chances for your site to get hacked.
You can do that by adding some code lines into your .htaccess file, which you can access via cPanel File Manager or an FTP Client like FileZilla. For this guide, we will use File Manager. Here is the whole procedure:
.htaccess and choose Edit;
.htaccess file, add the following lines of code at the end or the beginning of the file:
Deny from all
deny from all
Now both your Joomla
.htaccess are safer—not available for web access.
Restricting access is a simple approach to managing who can view your website or web page. If you're creating a website for internal use only and don't want to create a members section, or if your website is still being developed, you might want to do this.
The access control levels (ACL) in Joomla are a crucial feature for sites with many users since they let you restrict access to articles, menu items, and more. This is useful if you want to limit public access to particular portions of your website.
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