What is an Htaccess file?

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What is a .Htaccess File?

The htaccess file is a website file that can be used to control high-level configurations of your website. On web servers that run Apache (a web server software), the . htaccess file allows you to make changes to your website’s configuration without having to edit server configuration files. It is a server configuration file that can be used to rewrite and redirect web address URLs.

Explain It Like I’m Five

The htaccess file is a website file that lets you make some pretty important changes to your website! You will find this file mainly in the root directory for your website or a specific place like the images or downloads folder. The htaccess file is mainly used on websites that are hosted on the Apache web server but can also be used on other web servers like Lightspeed.

Why is a .Htaccess file important?

The .htaccess file is a powerful website file that controls high-level set up of your website.

The .htaccess file can slow down your website or pose security risks!

When you install Caching plugins (to make your website run faster), usually the caching plugin will need to access your .htaccess file – sometimes this breaks the website!

On servers that run Apache (a web server software), the . htaccess file allows you to make changes to your website’s configuration without having to edit server configuration files.

Application or Examples

The .htaccess file is commonly used for website redirections (when you have moved your website or webpage), to load custom 404 error pages, or to force your website to always use https (secured) instead of http (unsecured) or to password-protect some web pages.

Scenario

Web Developer, “I’ll need access to your .htaccess file to make changes to make sure I redirect some traffic from the OLD website to the NEW website!”

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