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How to make 302 redirect with .htaccess when user's browser is out of date?

You can use the .htaccess file to perform a 302 redirect based on the user's browser user-agent string. Here's an example of how you might redirect users with outdated browsers:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} (MSIE\s[1-8]\.) [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} (Firefox\/(1[0-9]|2[0-3])\.|Chrome\/(1[0-9]|2[0-3])\.) [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} (Mozilla\/(1\.|2\.0)) [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /update-your-browser.html [R=302,L]

This rule checks if the user-agent string contains:

  • Internet Explorer (versions 1 to 8)
  • Firefox (versions 10 to 23)
  • Chrome (versions 10 to 23)
  • Mozilla (versions 1.0 and 2.0)

If the user-agent string matches any of these conditions, it will redirect the user to /update-your-browser.html with a 302 status code.

As before, replace /update-your-browser.html with the actual URL where you want users to be redirected to update their browsers. Adjust the versions and browsers in the conditions as needed based on your requirements.

Remember to test this carefully because user-agent strings can be manipulated, and the handling of outdated browsers might not be foolproof. Also, consider whether it's the best approach for your specific situation, as sometimes providing a warning or suggestion to update the browser rather than an immediate redirect might be more user-friendly.

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