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Using htaccess for temporary down time maintenance

     
10:07 pm on Oct 7, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I need to remove an old postnuke installation that keeps getting hacked into that resides in a folder called "articlebase". I plan on installing the newest version of Wordpress to display the articles in a different folder. Is there a way I can let Google know that the "articlebase" folder is under maintenance (while it appears broken)? I want to remove the Postnuke software asap, but have too many internal links pointing to the articles.

After the Wordpress installation is updated with all the articles, I plan and doing a 301 redirect from the old postnuke site page to the Wordpress version of the page.
10:46 pm on Oct 7, 2010 (gmt 0)

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You could serve "503 Unavailable".

That's usually a safe bet.
11:24 pm on Oct 7, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the quick response. :-)

If I wanted to serve a 503 unavailable in the "articlebase" folder, how would I write the .htaccess ? (I don't want to mess with my root .htaccess file) Or is there an easier way to do this?
12:34 am on Oct 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I think I found an answer by Googling "holding page and the 503 status code". There is a good tutorial there.