16 htaccess Hacks to Speed Up, Optimize and Secure WordPress

1. Create a blacklist to prevent site access from certain IP addresses.Websites are made to have visitors. However, those guests can occasionally become a problem. Sometimes, there are certain site visitors that are no longer welcome. Htaccess files can be used to block those particular visitors. This is also useful to keep bots away from your site. The code used to create your blacklist is as follows: <limit get="GET" post="POST" put="PUT">
order allow,deny
allow from all
deny from 123.456.789
deny from 93.121.788
deny from 223.956.789
deny from 128.456.780
You can add as many IP addresses as you want this way to keep your site free of troublemakers. If someone is spamming your site, this little piece of code is your new best friend.
2. Create a redirect while performing site maintenance.
While you’re performing site maintenance, you want visitors to be redirected to a page that lets them now what’s going on and maybe when your site is expected to be open to visitors again. You can use the htaccess file to accomplish this using the following code:
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !/maintenance.html$
Source: https://managewp.org/articles/15230/16-htaccess-hacks-to-speed-up-optimize-and-secure-wordpress

Source: https://williechiu40.wordpress.com/2017/05/30/16-htaccess-hacks-to-speed-up-optimize-and-secure-wordpress/


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