Password protection + forum help

hey i need to seperate bits of info, sorry lol

  1. how can i put a password gate like this ( on my site, and use it to protect an entire folder of pages not so that u have to login on every page - also i need to be able to give people different users and passes, i can link to a db if thats only way, ne tutorials wud be useful, or your own expert help :smiley:


  1. is there a way to host your own forum, or do you need to use a companylike vbulletin? if so can anyone suggest a good (preferably ad free) one?

thx for any help u can offer