Shane Duffy

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At some stage most of us have needed to work on our websites and move things around, For most people would do this live on the website and this does not make for a great experience for your customers and clients who end up visiting broken and half finished pages. Or even worse the search engine crawlers that come along and find sample text on your pages.

One of the neat tricks of a .htaccess file is been able to enable a maintenance page for all your visitors to your website but still been able to access the website yourself for testing and development.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{REMOTE_HOST} !^86\.43\.107\.123
RewriteCond %{REMOTE_HOST} !^86\.43\.107\.201
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !/maintenance\.html$
RewriteRule .* /maintenance.html [R=302,L]

The above when placed in a .htaccess file will redirect all clients who are not coming from 86.43.107.123
or 86.43.107.201 to the maintenance.html webpage

Simple yet very handy to have!

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With the current company and projects Im working on we have been using Mantis bug tracker since i set it up about 2 years ago. At the time of its introduction it was a big change for the team who weren’t used to using proper [Basic required] developer tools to get the job done.

Here are some of the great things we have found in using Mantis:

  • Completely web based
  • Runs on LAMP(cheap servers/hosting, and we have in-house experience in managing these)
  • Configuration notifications via email on changes to tasks. We currently use this to notify the assigned user and the reporter of a task when changes are made to their task.
  • Almost simple enough to use without any training for our users.
  • Granular permsions for users and groups, [Can also be a pain with lots of projects and cross user dependencies if not set up right]

Some negatives

  • No summary emails listing the issues still open that need to be followed up.
  • Searching is not very good, and can lead to duplicate bugs been created.
  • Permission model can get very combersum with a lot of nested projects

Overall a very good free product.


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