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
Now I'm locked out as well. Via cPanel I deleted the "sitelock" folder. and it's STILL locked! Went to the FTP loader and removed sitelock from there. My site is still locked!! Still, from the backend I uninstalled the extension from the extension manager and ITS GONE, but THE SITE IS STILL LOCKED FROM THE FRONT END!!! This is bizarre, not to mention, a total nightmare!
@VideoLady Sorry you experienced an issue, but in our defense you HAVE NOT submitted a support ticket for your issue and that would have very easily cleared up everything. The problem you are experiencing is not because of an issue with the Site Lock extension not working properly, but it is self induced because you obviously failed to read the instructions that are extremely easy to follow and shown right in the main component screen itself.
1. Site Lock doesn't use your Joomla login credentials, you have to simply create the login for Site Lock from within the component itself, just as the instructions tell you to do when you go to the Site Lock component.
2. To unlock your site all you had to do is go to the Site Lock extension and click on the unlock button. Simple as that. This will simply disable the Site Lock plugin that locks down your site.
This seriously couldn't be any easier. The moral of the story is "READ THE INSTRUCTIONS!!!" that's what they are there for. :-)
I ran into the exact problem SiteLock solvers - requiring the client to enter the BACKEND of the site as a SuperAdmin to see the shopping cart and layout. Since they were Administrators they saw all the extra editor stuff, making them very confused. And I had to get into a big Front End / Back end explanation. I don't understand why this is not a standard component of J 1.7, but THANKS FOR WRITING IT!!