Apache web servers use an .htaccess file for configuration. An .htaccess file comes with directives and settings for websites and folders. With .htaccess it’s easy to customize website headers, set up redirections and define other website variables.

Default support for .htaccess

An .htaccess file is used by many open source CMS, like WordPress, Magento and Drupal. Servebolt has full support for .htaccess, so no customization of .htaccess is necessary. It just works!

Fast and easy password protection

We can also use .htaccess for server based password protection, with a .htpasswd file. This is an easier solution than using PHP with a database.

Better performance with .htaccess

Since .htaccess is parsed with each web request (scripts, images, css etc), we recommend keeping it as small as possible. If you want to setup a large number of redirections, it’s often better to use a dedicated redirection plugin or function.

Managing .htaccess errors

Don’t forget to check the server error log if you’re experiencing issues with .htaccess. .htaccess errors are often listed there since .htaccess is a part of the Apache web server setup.