Here's the code from the .htaccess:
Redirect 302 /index.php http://www.mywebsite.com/contact.php
It works in that the contact.php comes up as if it were the index page of the site HOWEVER when I try to access the index.php after loading the site, it won't go there. It's like the .htaccess is blocking users from accessing the old index.php at all. I really don't know much about how .htaccess files are written; I see what looks to be some regex in the scripts but I can't be sure.
How must I rewrite the .htaccess so that it will a) redirect users the page I want but once at the website b) allow users to access any page including the index.php (the page which is the subject of the redirect in the .htaccess file).
I hope that was clear and thanks for the help.