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Site Lock ComponentPlugin

Editor's Note
  • This extension requires registration to download.
Site Lock is a FREE, one of a kind extension for the Joomla CMS that will allow you to password protect your site from being viewed while you are still in development mode.

This is much different from using the standard "Site Offline" feature of Joomla.

No more need to use an HTaccess file to lock down your site. The Site Lock extension will give you much more flexibility.

Supported Joomla Versions
Joomla 1.5, Joomla 1.6, Joomla 1.7

Have you ever used the "Site Offline" feature of Joomla and wished that you could allow your clients, colleagues, or friends to view the site without making it public or adding them as a "special" level administrator user?

Or have you ever logged into the front of your site while it is offline to view how it will look to the public only to find that you have those little edit article icons on ever page of the site and you cannot get a true feel for how the site will look to non-logged in visitors?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, Site Lock is your answer.

Site lock offers you the following benefits:

HTaccess style site protection
Give your clients their own login (without making them a user on your website)
No file editing or programming necessary
Create your own custom splash page message
Custom splash page message supports HTML formatting you can edit with your favorite WYSIWYG Editor
Site Lock is FREE to download and use on as many sites as you wish
Log in and view your site just as if it were live and see it as the public would see it
No more needing to use the standard "Site Offline" feature of Joomla
Gives you more control of the site during the design process
You choose who can see the site and who can't with custom login credentials
Enable and Disable in one click

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Reviews: 1
I have being looking for an extension like this to showcase my website to some selected people before it goes live. I think Site locks does that well perfectly. Great.
Reviews: 18
I was so worried about letting the development build go live, just for the client to see the progress. Joomla does not help much in locking the entire site. Found this software and it's a godsend! lock the live site in a click and create users for login... no joomla user creation!! Thank you and keep up the good work..
Reviews: 3
This extension reduces client frustrations during development for sure.
Reviews: 5
Wanted to allow stakeholders to view website whilst under development without being registered and this did just the job.
Reviews: 3
This extension should be part of the core of Joomla.
Several times I had the problem of showing the website to a client while I needed to have the site off-line.
Site lock solves the problem. The site is off-line but I can assign a specific username and passwod to the client and he can see how the site while it is still off-line.
Reviews: 4
Excellent product! 2 minutes to download, install, and configure.

Works out of the box very easily.

I needed a product to hide a site from a previous contract who had refused to pay, but I still wanted to use the dev. for my portfolio. Exactly what I wanted.
Thank you so much.
Reviews: 5
This FREE extension is a "must have extension" in any Joomla designer's toolbox.

I so glad I found.

Thank you to the team of Site Lock
Reviews: 1
Hi ,

I am using the 'Site-Lock' component for my joomla website and it is very helpful for me, though after Login to site from front-end. I dont see Logout button.

So, whenever I visit the site next time it directly goes to main page instead of showing 'Offline page'

Please help me with this.

Reviews: 1
This is just what I missed during developing my joomla sites.
Aw-sum, thanks!

Simple & works.
Reviews: 2
Just what I wanted as I did not want to play with Htacess

Thanks so much
Reviews: 1
a must have, now you can test every thing in your joomla website without going public, including self registration, guest only items , etc...
Thanks you very much!!!
Reviews: 2
This extension took less than two minutes to install and activate. I immediately locked those out of my site until it was ready to go live.
The HTML feature is great for adding a email list sign up form to the locked landing page. Highly recommend for those sites under construction. I am very happy with this extension.
Reviews: 5
Someone recently located the test server of my public site. This test site was publicly accessible under a DNS name for convince sake. This extension easily fixed this problem.
Reviews: 2
Sitelock for Joomla! is brilliant. Quick to install, works instantly, couldn't be easier. No more creating a blank index page to hide my sites while they are being developed. Once installed, it is easier than creating a new user in the Joomla user manager. It has 2 simple fields: username and password and then you just hit save. Very nice work and many thanks.
Reviews: 1
I needed to produce a website where the content is private, only to be seen by a few people. SiteLock does a great job.

However, anyone who knows the file structure of Joomla can bypass SiteLock and access files inside directories that do not have an "index.html" file.

For example: if a "videos" directory has been placed inside the "media" directory, the "videos" directory is accessible if you go to domainname/media/videos .
So make sure that your subdirectories have an "index.html" file.
Owner's reply

Ewald, good point. However the Sitelock extension locks people from viewing the actual site and is not intended for protecting server directories. So that portion of the review is irrelevant to what Sitelock is used for. But thank you for the 4 star review.

Reviews: 31
This extension is one of those very rare gems which work flawlessly, straight out of the box to provide a much-needed solution for nagging issues. I can't praise this enough.

This is especially useful when you want to show your website to only a few people while it's in development, easily and in no time! It also removes that annoying little pencil tool which shows up when you view your website in Joomla's official 'Offline Mode'! Use Site Lock instead :)
Reviews: 23
Well, what is there to say about an extension that works right out of the box? Right, nothing else than: thank you guys for this marvellous component for free! It is straightforward, and very easy to set up. Create your own offline text, but the really good thing is that you can have your client (allowing him access with his own username and password) see what you've changed while others cannot. Just perfect.
Reviews: 1
Simple. Straightforward. Works as stated. Once logged in, you don't have to keep logging in each time you return to the site. Awesome. THANK YOU!
Reviews: 2
Awesome Extension ! You can work on your joomla site during site offline !
Reviews: 2
Excellent extension! As it is hard sometimes to develop a site offline, I use Site Lock during any live development. I have no hesitations in recommending this extension from Joomla!Showroom.
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