Am running WordPress 3.4.2 with Thesis theme and s2Member Pro (for user registration). Users are required to sign in before they can view almost anything beyond the cover photo and some links on a sidebar.
I store nearly all of my photos as jpgs in a folder on my domain and link to the photos from my posts. In other words, the photos live outside of WordPress. I made this decision years ago for a variety of reasons.
Now, I need to password protect (via my domain's control panel) the directories containing photos. The primary purpose is to prevent them from being found by search engines, other reasons as well.
If I simply put a password on the directory, each time a registered user wants to see a photo in a post, they have to enter the password to the domain directory. Is there a way for me to, for lack of a better word, embed the password somewhere within WordPress so that the WordPress blog can access all photos in the protected directories?
Thank you for any guidance.