Msg#: 4489845 posted 3:06 pm on Aug 30, 2012 (gmt 0)
I need to be able to temporarily put a website in maintenance mode, showing a maintenance 'splash' page to the general public ... but I still need to be able to make changes to the website and be able to view the changes on the front end.
So I need to still view the front end of the site while it's down for maintenance.
How exactly can I do this?
Are there any commercial software available that will do this?
Msg#: 4489845 posted 9:45 pm on Aug 30, 2012 (gmt 0)
Your maintenance message can simply be set up as a custom 503 ErrorDocument. All requests except the ones from your own IP-- or your own browser, or whatever is appropriate for your case-- get a 503 response. Make sure to leave a loophole to let the error document itself get served ;) I make it one RewriteRule with two Conditions.