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Is it possible to create a protected Web Help system? (Access restriction options?)

We want to publish a web-based documentation on our website, but we want to restrict access to some sections for specific users.

For example, we need to allow access to a web help section, or particular topics:

  • By user login/password.
  • By a special URL link/token.

Does HelpSmith provide an option to restrict access to the documentation?

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Use Web Server's Capabilities

A Web Help system generated with HelpSmith is a series of HTML/CSS files that does not provide an option to restrict access to topics.

If necessary, you can implement the authorization and access restriction by means of your web server. For example, if you are using the Apache web server, you can setup basic authorization.

Thus, this task can be implemented by your web developer.

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PDF's encryption options

If you want to encrypt a document and protect it with a password, you can consider creating a PDF document.

PDF is the only output format that provides full-featured encryption and password protection options, which you can use to protect some information from unauthorized access.

For more details, you can visit:

https://www.helpsmith.com/webhelp/topics/pdf-options.htm

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if you are using the Apache web server, you can setup basic authorization

Can you provide more information on this?

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if you are using the Apache web server, you can setup basic authorization

Can you provide more information on this?

You can refer to the Apache documentation at:

https://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.4/howto/auth.html

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