Please enter your userids and passwords, one pair per line, separated with a space and/or a colon (:). The first space or colon will end the userid, the rest of the line will be the password. Only the first 8 characters of the password are significant. ex.:
userone: firstpass seconduser passwordtwo three: pwd with spaces
When you hit the submit button you're going to get a list of userids and encrypted passwords back (separated by a colon, one pair per line). Copy this into your password file.
For convenience, your password file is refered to by the AuthUserFile line in your your .htaccess file. The complete .htaccess file will look something like this:
Authtype Basic AuthName "secure area" Require valid-user AuthUserFile /home/USERID/DOCROOT/SUBDIR.../PASSWORDFILE
Note that passwords are "randomly" encrypted. If you simply hit reload, there is only a 1 in 4096 chance that a password will have the same encrypted value.
Here is one example of an encryption of the above input:
userone:/5Gd39Cowzu5c seconduser:ktsudxoI79bPk three:cDA58HmdZDcfo