Most people are aware that Laravel has a nice feature whereby you can place the application into maintenance mode. Maintenance mode is simply a state where should you get any visitors, they will be redirected to a 503 page. This is it in action:
$ composer create-project laravel/laravel example
There is an alternative with Laravel 8, however. Let’s bring the site back up, but then immediately put it back into maintenance mode, but with a secret key.
$ php artisan up
If you go back to the local Laravel site, you will see that it is in maintenance mode. Go to this URL however:
http://localhost:8000/ifonlyicouldtell and a special cookie will be placed onto your machine. After that, you can visit any URL you like, but other visitors - the type that don’t know your secret key - will continue to get the 503 page.
Pretty neat, eh?
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