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Redirect users to 'under construction', but allow client (and myself) to go to root domain and see website

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I create blog/CMS websites for clients based on open source CMS. I don't have the money (or the need) for a testing server as I develop the sites.

What I would like to do, is be able to completely develop the website on the root domain, so that when I go to the website address, ie www.example.com, I can see the website in progress. Also, I'd like my client to be able to go there too.

However, besides myself and my client, I don't want anybody else to be able to see the construction. I'd like other users to be shown a 'under construction' page.

I have no idea how to go about this.
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Question by:dainberrett
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Short of adding a (more difficult) sign in page, etc....

You can try this weak workaround:

Your web server will serve  a variety of different pages by default eg
index.htm
index.html
index.php
default.asp

etc. The specifics are a configuration issue on the server. The order is important!

Create a "fake" index.htm (if that's the first page the server looks for - trial and error if it's a commercially hosted server) that has your "under construction" message.

Make the "real" root of your site something else, e.g. test.htm. This is the page you'll surf to. Later, you'll either rename this page or change your index.htm to automatically redirect to it.
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by:hielo
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1. If you and your client have a static ip, then you can check that IP and redirect users to "Under Construction" if request does not originate from those ips:
<?php

switch( strval($_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR']) )
{
   case "999.999.999.999"://client ip
   case "888.888.888.888"://your ip
        //these are valid IPs so just continue
        break;

   default://all other requests come from invalid IPS
   header("UnderConstruction.php");
   exit;
}

2. You can set up some authentication page and grant access to site content only if user authenticates successfully
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