lucy24 - 8:14 am on Oct 21, 2013 (gmt 0)
do I need to make it a combo with index.php
Say what now?
A visitor-- whether human or robot-- doesn't see any headers until all Apache mods have done their stuff. If any of those mods issues a lockout, the 403 is all the robot will ever see.
THIS >> "Sorry, you're not wanted here"
NOT THIS >> "Sorry, you're not wanted, but if I had let you in I would have sent you to otherpage.html instead".
Throughout this thread your wording has been a little bit odd. So the lack of an unambiguous answer is because it's not 100% clear that you are, in fact, blocking the robot. If you're blocking it by User-Agent or IP or simply because you don't like its face, your job is done. A blocked request will not see any redirects arising from the same request.