Most web applications all have routes that you have to be authenticated to get to. And it confuses authenticated users if they can get to the login/signup routes. It's one thing to prevent this in the UI, but the real thing you're trying to protect users from is the data that powers those pages. So while it's nice for the user experience to prevent the user from naturally landing in a place where they shouldn't be, it's even more important that you prevent them from getting to the data through the data endpoints that you use to power those pages.
The concept of protecting a route is pretty simple: Check the request, and if it's coming from a user who doesn't have a valid session, then redirect them to the login page.
In Remix, every route
action is an endpoint that can be called
directly, and so every private
action needs to have this
Often, a framework will allow you to protect an entire subset of routes in one place. However, Remix does not yet have a feature for this (it will eventually), so it can feel a little tedious to protect every route individually. That said, most of the time in a protected route you do need to get the user's session anyway, and Remix has a nice way to build that into your routes thanks to its ability to
redirect response. Which we'll take advantage of in this
Personally, I like the explicitness (or maybe it's just Stockholm syndrome 😅), but if you want to protect a bunch of routes at once, you can do that by adding it into your express server. Additionally, you can load the user in your app context so you don't have to talk to the database manually in each request you need it.