Password Protected Folder Returning 404 Error
did you have 404 Error when you tried to use Basic Authentication to one of your directory ?
please follow this steps to solve it
Assuming the following directory structure:
/public_html/– where WordPress is installed
/public_html/protected_dir/– the password protected directory (“protected_dir” = whatever you named the directory)
When you create a password protected directory in cPanel, it adds a .htaccess file to that protected directory. The .htaccess most likely looks something like this:
AuthType Basic AuthName "Example Directory Name" AuthUserFile "/home/example/.htpasswds/public_html/protected_dir/passwd" require valid-user
Try doing the following:
In the protected directories .htaccess file (/public_html/protected_dir/.htaccess), add
ErrorDocument 401 /401.html before the existing authentication directives. Example:
ErrorDocument 401 /401.html AuthType Basic AuthName "Example Directory Name" AuthUserFile "/home/example/.htpasswds/public_html/protected/passwd" require valid-user
Now, in the main
/public_html directory, create a file named
401.html. Enter whatever you’d like in the file. Something along the lines of “Password Protected Directory – Enter your username & password”.