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MemberPress Rewrite Rules

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Before we begin, this article is based on implementing the rewrite rules as outlined directly by MemberPress in their documentation:

In this article they state: “MemberPress does not officially support Nginx as a web-server.

Should any issues arise, these would require the attention of the MemberPress team and it’s not something that our support team will be able to help you troubleshoot.

That all out the way, let’s get started!

Step 1. SSH into your server

Please see the following articles to get started:
Step 1. Generate your SSH Key

Step 2. Add your SSH Key to vCanopy (also see Add default SSH Keys)

Step 3. Connect to your server by SSH as Root user (we like and use Termius)

Step 2. Create memberpress-main-context.conf 

To implement these rewrite rules on your website, we need to to add the configs to a file in your /site.url/nginx directory using the *-main-context.conf include wildcard. To keep things organised, we’ll name the file memberpress-main-context.conf.


You can create this file with the following command (switching out “site.url” for your websites domain):

nano /var/www/site.url/nginx/memberpress-main-context.conf

For example:

nano /var/www/

This will both create the file and open it with the nano editor ready for the next step.


Paste the following code into the file (again switching out “site.url” for your domain):

location ~* \.(zip|gz|tar|rar|doc|docx|xls|xlsx|xlsm|pdf|mp4|m4v|mp3|ts|key|m3u8)$ {
                # Setup lock variables
                set $mplk_uri "/wp-content/plugins/memberpress/lock.php";
                set $mplk_file "/var/www/site.url/htdocs/wp-content/uploads/mepr/rules/${cookie_mplk}";

                # don't lock the lock uri
                if ($uri ~* "^/(wp-admin|wp-includes|wp-content/plugins|wp-content/themes)") { break; }

                # redirect if the lock file's a dir or doesn't exist
                if (-d $mplk_file) { rewrite ^ $mplk_uri last; }
                if (!-e $mplk_file) { rewrite ^ $mplk_uri last; }

You can now hit Ctrl+O and then press Enter to save the file. Then Ctrl+X to exit nano.

Step 3. Check and reload Nginx

We now need to test our Nginx syntax with:

nginx -t

If there are no errors present, reload nginx with the following command:

gp ngx reload

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