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Enabling .htaccess on Your Linux Server

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WordPress Expert (15 Years)

When you install Joomla or WordPress you will find a htaccess.txt file in your public_html directory. It needs to be customized and renamed in order to function properly on your server.

The htaccess file serves to give a directive to the server.

To enable do this:

  1. Go to your Global configuration in Joomla Administration.
  2. Select the first top three buttons.
  3. With an editor like Dreamweaver, rename htaccess.txt to .htaccess
  4. Save

Basic WP

# BEGIN WordPress
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
# END WordPress


RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]

# add a trailing slash to /wp-admin
RewriteRule ^([_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/)?wp-admin$ $1wp-admin/ [R=301,L]

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -f [OR]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -d
RewriteRule ^ - [L]
RewriteRule ^([_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/)?(wp-(content|admin|includes).*) $2 [L]
RewriteRule ^([_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/)?(.*\.php)$ $2 [L]
RewriteRule . index.php [L]

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Protect log in

<Files wp-login.php>
AuthType Basic
AuthName "Password Protected"
AuthUserFile /full/path/to/.htpasswd
Require valid-user
Satisfy All

Requires specific IP

ErrorDocument 401 default
ErrorDocument 403 default

<Files wp-login.php>
Order deny,allow
Deny from all
Allow from localhost

Recommendation, avoid filling up you htaccess file with deny I.P’s etc. Slows down your site.

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