Deny Website Access To Everyone But Yourself
Have your website online, but still working on it? Want to hide it from everyone but yourself? .htaccess allows you to do that quite easily, and all you need to do this is your IP address!
All you have to do is add this code into your .htaccess file and save it! Like all file changes, it can take some time before it updates everywhere, but you can speed up the process on your devices simply by clearing your browser’s cache. This code snippet will block everyone but yourself from accessing your website.
Block Everyone But Yourself From Your Website
ErrorDocument 403 http://www.yahoo.com/ Require ip 220.127.116.11
Replace “yahoo.com” with the website or URL that people should be directed to if they are not you. If you just want a browser error message to show, remove that first line. Next, replace “YOUR-IP” with your actual IP address. You can find your public IP address here.
Unsure of how to install this code? It's pretty simple. A .htaccess file is called “.htaccess”, with nothing before the dot. Try finding this on your FTP software. Many systems don’t allow filenames starting with a dot (So downloading a htaccess file can be difficult at times), so that also restricts how we can create a .htaccess file. It is possible to get around these restrictions though, so here are the steps!
- Open your text-editing program and code your .htaccess file
- Once you are finished, save it as “htaccess.txt” (We will fix its name later)
- Upload “htaccess.txt” to your webserver and rename it to “.htaccess” (Remember that the dot is important!)
If you are still confused, or it's not working for you, check out the more detailed instruction in our Finding, Creating, and Editing a .htaccess file article.
Hopefully you were successful in installing this snippet, if you need help, feel free to send us a message! Check out the rest of the htaccess snippets to see what other amazing things you can do!