How to make a Joomla site private while developing offline.

Joomla has a convenient offline mode that allows admins to login at the front end to view the site.

Site >> Global Configuration


Now when you go to the front of the site a login screen will be displayed.

Those with an Administrator account can log in, but regular registered users can not. 


What if I need to login as a front end user?

Instead of putting the site offline use htaccess to temporarily redirect all IPs except your own to a maintenance page.

Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine on 
RewriteCond %{REMOTE_ADDR} !^123\.45\.67\.89$
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !/maintenance-page\.html$
RewriteRule ^([^/]*/)*(([^.]+\.)+(php|s?html?))?$ [R=302,L]


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