Redirect all traffic to maintenance page except one IP address

It’s pretty amazing that even Stack Overflow failed this time when was googling a snippet for redirecting all traffic to a custom maintenance page, except one IP (mine) with Nginx. When finally found some solutions from page three, noticed it were not enough and composed my solution.

In WordPress, there are plugins for maintenance and on any website, you can code your own solutions. However, using hours for just to display short information about ongoing maintenance and restricting access from everyone but you is just overkill.

Inside server block, add the following snippet and edit to your needs. After the maintenance is over, you can just set $maintenance off, and you’re good to go. Create your maintenance page to

This snippet is for Nginx. If you still use Apache, unfortunately, no luck here.

server {
    # Here should be the needed server_name and other settings

    # Maintenance mode
    set $maintenance on;

    if ($remote_addr ~ (| {
      set $maintenance off;

    if ($uri ~ ^/(index.php/)?(maintenance|someotherword)/(.*)$ ) {
      set $maintenance off;

    if ($maintenance = on) {
      return 503;

    if ($maintenance = off) {
      rewrite ^/maintenance(.*)$ permanent;

    error_page 503 @maintenance;

    location @maintenance {
      rewrite ^(.*)$ /maintenance break;

I hope this helps! If you find this useful, I’d be delightful if you left a comment below.

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  1. Davide

    It seems you didn’t close the } in the location @maintenance block.

    Kind regards

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  2. Roni Laukkarinen

    You are correct! Poor article editing from me. Thanks for noticing.

    Reply to this comment
  3. Anonymous

    I tried this. Make sure that all redirect URLs and paramaters are in place before using this. The permanent redirect cannot be undone otherwise, and I was unfortunate enough to make this mistake.

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