Redirect everything except /wp-admin and wp-login.php

Last Updated: May 10, 2019

Often, a client asks us to take down a site — either temporarily or permanently — but they still need access to their WordPress administrative panel.

As usual, there are lots of different ways to accomplish this; many SEO plugins allow you to create redirects, but require you to do so one post at a time. How tedious!

Fortunately, htaccess makes this simple, but I spent well over an hour googling for a solution that actually worked. Here’s what I’ve come up with.

Just make this edit to your .htaccess file, substituting with the domain you want to redirect to. Place this code at the top of your file, above the # BEGIN WordPress block.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^(.*)?wp-login\.php(.*)$
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^(.*)?wp-admin$
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/(wp-includes/.*|wp-admin/.*|wp-content/.*)$
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ [R=301,L]

# BEGIN WordPress


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Chris Aram

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