I set up a maintenance page that I could enable through an htaccess file. The html file is located in a folder called "maintenance".

The html file has some images in it. However, visitors to the page see no images, even though I added a RewriteCond line to (theoretically) allow them.

If I try to visit the URL of an image file in the browser directly, it redirects to the maintenance.htm page. I do not want image files to be redirected.

Am I missing something?

#RewriteCond %{REMOTE_ADDR} !^$
#RewriteCond %{REMOTE_ADDR} !^$
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !/maintenance/maintenance\.htm$ [NC]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !\.(jpg|jpeg|png|gif|css|ico)$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /maintenance/maintenance.htm [R=302,L]

1 Answer 1


I haven't tested but here is some suggestions for you to try :

  1. Put an other .htaccess in the /maintenance/ folder with a RewriteEngine Off to disable the redirection of images once in this folder.

  2. Make a sub-domain for your maintenance site and redirect everything to this sub-domain with this temporary redirection in your .htaccess located in your main domain : Redirect 302 / http://www.maintenance.mydomain.com/ it'll be more logical as a maintenance site is a website inside of an other, and sub-domains are meat to be used for creating different sites inside an other..

Hope it'll work ! :)

  • Option 1 works. :) However, why doesn't the RewriteCond for images work to begin with?
    – Force Flow
    Commented Dec 7, 2012 at 14:33
  • Good ! ;) And ohhh after some research I guess I've found the problem, you need to add an "all characters dot" to say that there is stuff before the actual extension... Something like that : RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !.*\.(jpg|jpeg|png|gif|css|ico)$ [NC]
    – WiMantis
    Commented Dec 7, 2012 at 20:24

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