Basicaly I am making a site with the following functionality: A user logs in to a site, after this all of the site is geared to them (IE their name is in the top corner). The only way to do this where a user only sends their username and password once, and it can't be faked by doing http://mysite.com/index.pl?user=root is using Apache::Access. Unfortunatly, I can not really understand the documentation. I am planning on using a database for authentication, how exactly do I connect to it? And how do I varify the users password? Also, is there a better way to do what I want?