The .htaccess file is a great tool that you can use to do some amazing things. However, what do you do if you do not know where to find it or if you do not have one? We are going to cover all of the basics here. Here are some of our tips on how to find or recreate your .htaccess file.
What is the .htaccess file?
This is the hypertext access file. It allows you to configure several things supported by the web server. By adding or removing details from the .htaccess file, you can change how the server handles things.
It is most often located in your root directory. This means it should be sitting within your «public_html» folder. However there are certain situations where it might be missing or perhaps you just cannot see it.
Where did the .htaccess file go?
Double check your FTP client settings. It could be that you have the FTP client set to hide certain files or you may need to set it to show hidden files on the server.
There could have been a plugin that somehow removed the .htaccess file too. Double check your plugins (especially the ones who write details to the .htaccess file) to make sure this is not happening.
If your most recent WordPress update didn’t fully complete, this could also be the reason why your .htaccess file has gone missing.
Easy Way to Create Your .htaccess File
The quickest way to set up your .htaccess file from within WordPress is to set up your permalinks in WordPress. You can do this from the WordPress Dashboard by going to Settings > Permalinks. I
f you click on the «Save Changes» button, you will create a new .htaccess file.
Another way to do this would be to use a program like Notepad. Simply open up the program and input your details you need in your .htaccess file. Next, save the file as «.htaccess» and then upload it to your website’s root directory.
Hopefully this helps you troubleshoot the WordPress .htaccess file
There are a lot of neat things you can do for your website via the .htaccess file. If you have lost your .htaccess file or needed to recreate it, I hope this little explanation of how or why that could happen helps. If you run into any other errors you’d like to see us cover make sure you let us know.