Bob, thanks for getting back to me. I appreciate your comments. Your header says you're a "regular". I assume that means that you're not a DH employee. I will admit that I've been flaming a bit more than is my nature. I ususally don't flame at all. But I was hoping to get the DH folk's attention.
I HAVE been very frustrated, trying to figure out how DH is structured and how I can get a web site up and running. I was expecting it to be pretty easy, but the instructions have been very obfuscatory - misleading even! And I've worked with computing, programming, and all sorts of related stuff like this for decades. Part of my frustration was that DH seems to be trying to appeal to complete innocents, judging from the kind of topics and items in the KB. If I'm having a hard time, I can imagine how lost someone who doesn't know beans about this stuff would be.
In my rants I've mentioned a few times that DH should get an outside tech writer to take a look at things with a view to making the site, and all its information, more accessable (understandable) to the average joe. I know all too well how easy it is for a person steeped in the technology to write something that seems perfectly plain to them, when in reality it's all Greek to any but those who live and breath this stuff. An outside viewpoint would help tremendously.
For example, I do see now that if I was as diligent as I suppose I should have been, I would have keyed in on the sections of that statement that you high-lighted (which "indicate" that I can add more than one user). The reality of it was that I was (and still am) in a hurry to get this site up, with the features that will satisfy my client's needs. I was scanning through every part of the KB and the Web Panel, trying to see what might work. If "Area 834" (wherever that is - I haven't come across, or learned about, "areas" yet) had said right up front:
1. You can have one ID/Password that is used by all "authorized" people to gain entry to your private directory.
2. You can add as many user ID / Password pairs as you like so that each authorized person can have their own unique identifier.
2. The ID/Password can be any length with ... as valid characters.
and a few other details that I'm sure I'll figure out eventually, I would have said "bingo", and jumped right in. As it was, I surmised that htaccess wouldn't work and kept on looking.
BTW, I don't have shell access, AFAIK, so that may be why I skipped Area 834 - at least I think that's what the snippet you mentioned refers to.
Bottom line. I'll be nice and submit my questions one at a time. At the same time, if the DH folks really want to be helpful, they'll update the references in the KB that refer to the Web Panel ASAP, and they'll get a fresh pair of eyes to look at ALL their stuff to make it more accessable to the average joe.