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Thread began 7/27/2012 1:25 pm by bill3786 | Last modified 8/08/2012 4:43 pm by bill3786 | 1538 views | 15 replies


Managed to get the custom maintenance page to display instead of the standard 503 page.

The R=503 in the RewriteRule line was making the standard 503 page display and this ignores the custom page reference.

This is the original line with the edited one below
RewriteRule .* maintenance-page.html [NC,L,R=503]
RewriteRule .* maintenance-page.html [NC,L]

Then the following lines were added at the very top of the custom maintenance page to set the 503 header and also an additional "Retry-After" header (choose the time you want in seconds) so the search engines know when to come back again. There must be no blank line above this code.

header('HTTP/1.1 503 Service Temporarily Unavailable',true,503);
header('Status: 503 Service Temporarily Unavailable');
header('Retry-After: 172800');

The rest of the code for the maintenance page follows this.

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