Authentication Loop with .htaccess Protected Pages


After trying out my .htaccess scheme to protect my WordPress installation I was running into an endless pop-up of authentication pop-ups.

I searched around and found a post by DianeV on the WP forums:

She links to a post she made back in 2007 (yikes) entitled:
WordPress admin password protection 404

She points to a support issue with the TextPattern CMS which happens to give a solution.

It turns out that some servers need to be told explicitly where the error pages are, especially those for 401 and 403 errors, in order for .htaccess authentication to work properly.

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