I just wanted to share this because I spent 3 hours trying to find a solution for my issue. I only found one WordPress thread here in the forums on this, and the solution there did not work for me. Google threw up a few answers – but none of them worked either.
Basically, I have WordPress installed in the root of a site. There’s a single directory – outside of WordPress – that needed to be password-protected using .htaccess and .htpasswd. however, there’s was a conflict: because of the “Pretty Permalinks” setup, the WordPress was redirecting all attempts to log into the protected area to the default WordPress 404 page.
I tried all kinds of solutions to this – but the one that worked for me (for some weird, crazy unknown reason – I have no idea *why* this works): I saved a copy of the WordPress .htaccess file, then deleted it from my server. I logged into my hosting control panel and password protected the directory. Then I re-uploaded the .htaccess file.
It worked. So bizarre – but there you go. Hopefully it helps someone else.
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