I'm busy building a WordPress website for a client. I've developed the site off-line and would now like to upload it to the live server to show the client what I've done so far. I want to keep the "Under Construction" html page I've create as the default when browsing to the site but if you type in http://www.sitename.com/index.php I want the actual site to be displayed.
I don't want to use an "under construction" plugin as I don't want the user to have to enter any form of username or password to gain access to the site.
I have tried: DirectoryIndex index.htm but as soon as I browse to index.php it flips me back to the index.htm page.
My development machine runs Windows 8 with XAMPP.
Please give detailed code suggestions, I'm really not familiar with .htaccess so you need to be very clear.