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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)