26 Jun 2008 waffel   » (Journeyer)

Disable live site with apache rewrite rules

Any times I have to work on a live site like http://www.capella-fidicinia.de or http://www.cryo-tekk.de. All these sites are Joomla instances and Joomla doe’s not allow to disbale the site complete. You can only put the site “offline” with a setting in the administration module. After putting such site into the offline mode, nobody can anymore change the content and the user got a inforation bar on the site.

But often I will change complete the layout (testing new skin, working on the existing skin and so on). But the user should not see my changes because it is very ugly if you browse to a side and with every click the layout changes.

My Joomla instances running behind a apache2 webserver as a virtual host. To put the site complete offline and inform the user about maintainance you can put the follow into you virtual host configuration:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REMOTE_ADDR} !^$
RewriteRule .* /var/www/domains/www.cryo-tekk.de/htdocs/maintainance.html [L]

With such entry only the IP adress can see the site. All other IP adresses, which try to access the site are foreward to the maintainance.html site.

For more information about rewrite rules you can have a look here.

Syndicated 2008-06-19 10:52:28 from waffel's Weblog

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