Standalone PHP Maintenance Mode Access Protection

September 5, 2012 | PHP | 1 comment

maintenanceJust a quickie from me today. It seems that htaccess htpasswd protection is not as pretty as some would like. This is ok because 2mins of PHP work and we have this:

   if (!$_COOKIE['has_access']) {
     if (isset($_POST['get_access'])) {
         if ($_POST['password'] == 'password') {
            setcookie('has_access', 1, (time() + (86400*30)));

             echo 'You\'re in! Click <a href="">here</a> to see visit the site..';

    echo '<h1>Site under construction. Please login here or try back later.</h1>';
    echo ' <form method="POST">
    Password: <input type="password" name="password" value="" />
    <input type="submit" name="get_access" value="Login" />

It will check for the existence of a cookie.. this is more unsecure than htpasswd however sometimes you just want a basic holding page whilst a site is under development or some temporary access protection.

The cookie will last for 30 days and the default password is password.

Use the following code at the top of any file you want to password protect:

<?php require(‘check_access.php’); ?>

Simple enough.. just add some basic styling and a logo and you’re good to go. Serves a purpose and is a stage better than htpasswd.


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  1. sarabjeet

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