How to Create .htaccess File

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How to Create .htaccess File

Htaccess files is configuration file for use on web servers running the Apache Web Server software. Htaccess file are hidden plain text files that are on the server to help control how your visitors interact with your website.

'.htaccess' is the filename in full, it is not a file extension. For instance, you would not create a file called, 'file.htaccess', it is simply called, '.htaccess'.

How to save .htaccess File

Open Notepad and write your code here then choose Save as.. and select All types (*.*) next to file type. Now type the filename .htaccess within "" and click save.

Why Use Htaccess File

This file is used for following purpose;

  • Block bots
  • Block or Allow an IP
  • Redirect non www to www
  • Redirect https non www to https www
  • Redirect .php file extension to without extension
  • Redirect old domain on new domain
  • Resolve Canonical Issue
  • Prevent Directory Listing
  • Prevent viewing of .htaccess file
  • Manage Custom Error Pages (400, 404, 500, etc)
  • Redirect File or Directory to specific URL
  • Set default page to display when a directory is accessed

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