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Thread began 7/27/2012 1:25 pm by bill3786 | Last modified 8/08/2012 4:43 pm by bill3786 | 1382 views | 15 replies

bill3786

Successfully setup the "site down for maintenance" system described by the-stickman in post 3. I'm using this system because I only have a dynamic ip address. Here it is again:

using-htaccess-to-suspend-an-entire-site-while-still-working-on-it/

After using firecookie to set up the cookie, the site is visible in firefox. Viewing in any other browser correctly shows a maintenance page. When maintenance is finished I just comment out the two lines below.

The only problem is, I cant get the RewriteRule to show my custom maintenance page, it always shows the default (horrible) page. Tried a number of permutations of the Rule line but always the default shows.

These are the two lines in the htaccess file

RewriteCond %{HTTP_COOKIE} !^.*secret-cookie.*$ [NC]
RewriteRule .* maintenance-page.html [NC,L,R=503]

Anybody know why this is happening?

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