I have WordPress installed at the root level of a website.
I thought it would be easy enough to have a "coming soon" page called
default.html and edit the
.htaccess file as follows:
AddHandler php5-script .php DirectoryIndex default.html index.php # BEGIN WordPress # END WordPress
...so that visitors to the site are sent to the default page, and I could manually specify
index.php as my destination for testing. (This isn't a high-security job.) But
index.php is redirecting me to the default page. When I remove the
DirectoryIndex line, the
index.php file is found automatically by visitors to the site root, but... that's the page I was trying to hide.
What am I doing wrong with
.htaccess and how can I get it to behave the way I want?