Create a site maintenance message with an .htaccess file

To create a site maintenance message using an `.htaccess` file, you can use the `RewriteEngine` directive in combination with `RewriteCond` and `RewriteRule` directives. Here's an example:

1. Create a new file named `.htaccess` (or edit an existing one) in the root directory of your website.
2. Open the `.htaccess` file in a text editor.
3. Add the following lines of code:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REMOTE_ADDR} !^123\.456\.789\.000 # Replace with your IP address
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !/maintenance\.html$ # Replace with the path to your maintenance file
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /maintenance.html [R=302,L]

In the above code:

- Replace `123\.456\.789\.000` with your own IP address to allow access to the site for maintenance. You can find your IP address by searching "What is my IP address" on a search engine.
- Replace `/maintenance.html` with the path to your maintenance file. Make sure the file exists and contains the maintenance message or page you want to display.

4. Save the `.htaccess` file.

Now, when visitors access your website, they will be redirected to the `maintenance.html` page, except for your IP address which will have full access to the site. The maintenance message or page will be displayed to everyone else.

Note: It's essential to replace the example IP address and file path with your specific values to ensure the code works correctly. Additionally, the `R=302` in the `RewriteRule` indicates a temporary redirect. If you want to make it a permanent redirect, you can use `R=301` instead.

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