This is a discussion on htaccess and login within the Web Serving and Management forums, part of the Tech Support Forum category. L.S.,
For a fairly simple website I require some sort of login from the index page.
I have a log-in
As for the redirection, you can either use PHP to redirect once the page is loaded, or possibly use an .htaccess redirect (though I don't know if that will redirect before or after the login, or if the file needs to be specially constructed to make sure it takes place after). You'll also need to protect the pages that you're redirecting to, in order to make sure only the authenticated user can view them.