How to add a secure, password-protected page

You can use eCatholic's Site Map Editor to easily create a secure page on your website. When visitors arrive at a secure page, they must enter a password to view its contents. Here are the steps:


Open the Site Map Editor

First, open the Site Map Editor by clicking Site Map in the white Admin Toolbar at the top of the page. Then, find the Site Map Toolbar, which is located at the bottom of the Site Map Editor. The toolbar contains elements you can drag and drop into the Site Map.


Drag and drop the Secure Page element into the Site Map

To add a secure page, click and drag the Secure Page element into the Site Map Editor. Drop the element exactly where you want it to appear within the Site Map. You will then be prompted to finish creating the new element by defining certain details.


Enter the page's navigation name and password

After you drop the Secure Page element into the Site Map, a dialog box will appear prompting you to fill in the following details.

  • Navigation Name - The title that appears in your site's navigation menu
  • Page Name - The title that appears at the top of the new page
  • Page Alias - Defines the page's URL (e.g., The page alias must consist of all lowercase letters; it cannot contain spaces or special characters
  • Password - The password visitors must enter to view the contents of the secure page

NOTE: When creating a secure page, it is common for the Navigation Name and Page Name to be identical.

Once you've entered all the required information, click Save to create the element.


Save and publish your changes

Once you’ve finished working in the Site Map Editor, click the green Save button at the bottom of the screen. After you verify that you’re ready to Save and Exit the Site Map, you will return to access your site in Edit Mode.

Now, you’ll be able to edit the new secure page. However, be sure to publish the page once you’re ready for it to appear on the live version of your site.

Adding documents to secure pages

You can use the Documents module to add secure documents to your password-protected secure pages. Follow the instructions for adding a document, but use the Add Secure Document button (pictured below).

Any documents added in this manner will not be visible in your site's File Manager; they will be stored in a Secure Documents folder. Likewise, documents that have already been added to your site's File Manager cannot be added to a secure page. If you have an existing document that you would like to become secure, just re-upload the file into the Documents module on a secure page.

Please be aware

Google and other search engines will crawl your regular files, found in the Files area, in both Pictures and Documents. So be sure to add documents in the way listed above to keep prying eyes out.!

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