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i am debating whether to have a username/password/remember me/forgotten password set of input fields top right on ever page...or simply a neat link to Login that navigates to a standalone login page.
My question is: what are the pros and cons of each?
I am aware that many sites now create their login on a seperate https:// page for increased security but it is quite nice to login from and page and continue your journey from there.
My site does not have online registration (these are done manually and sent to clients for login) so it's not like i could combine a login/register area. a link to a login page would be neater though and would enable me to navigate the user to a logged in dashboard page once authenticated.
Does anyone have any additional thoughts on pros and cons of each?
I've seen a few sites where you could type in the URL for so-called protected content, and view it directly without a password challenge.
The password page only appeared if you followed the site navigation, it wasn't properly protecting the content from access.