.htaccess mod_rewrite – how to exclude directory from rewrite rule

I have 8 lines of rewrite rules in my .htaccess file. I need to exclude two physical directories on my server from these rules, so they can become accessible. For now all requests are sent to index.php file.

Directories to exclude: “admin” and “user”.

So http requests: http://www.domain.com/admin/ should not be passed to index.php file.

ErrorDocument 404 /index.php?mod=error404

Options  FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www\.domain\.com$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.domain.com/$1 [R=301,L]

RewriteRule ^([^/] )/([^/] )\.html$ index.php?lang=$1&mod=$2 [L]
RewriteRule ^([^/] )/$ index.php?lang=$1&mod=home [L]

Answer

Try this rule before your other rules:

RewriteRule ^(admin|user)($|/) - [L]

This will end the rewriting process.

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Source : Link , Question Author : Kelvin , Answer Author : Gumbo

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