Apache and Lighttpd configure mod_rewrite
Here's a nice howto on using mod_rewrite under Apache and Lighttpd for temporary site outages. This tip will help you to disable a site for maintenance using mod_rewrite without redirecting url. Both Lighttpd and Apache webserver allows you to send this message to client using server side rewriting using mod_rewrite and php. This is useful if you are running popular database driven community or e-commerce website. Error 503 informs search engine that site is temporary out of service. A good idea if your websites is heavily depends upon search engine for selling products and services.
(Submitted by Anonymous Mon Jan 1, 2007 )
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