7.1. Controlling who can access your site

Ask yourself this question: “When I create a website, who should be able to access it?” You might follow that up by asking, “Does it contain confidential company information or is it customer product information?” If you’ve ever configured security for a file server on your network, these questions will be familiar.

If a website has general, free information for the public, then you don’t care who has access to it. But as soon as it contains confidential information, the who matters. In our bike shop example, the main site WebBikez is a public site, but when it’s time to order products you’ll need to know who. This section is about configuring who can access your websites and your applications, depending ...

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