A .htaccess file isn’t specific to WordPress, but it is an important file for many reasons. You can set many security settings, add redirection rules, control how bots are allowed to interact with your site and more. In this article, we’ll look at two ways to edit the .htaccess file.
How to edit .htaccess from your WordPress dashboard
Many WordPress plugins allow you to edit the .htaccess file from your WordPress dashboard. One of them is the SEO by Yoast plugin. To use this plugin to edit your .htaccess file go to SEO by Yoast > Edit files settings.
Once you have made the required changes click Save changes to .htaccess.
Editing file using FTP client:
Log in to your server via an FTP client such as FileZilla. Browse to the root of your WordPress installation. You may have to enable show hidden items to see the .htaccess file. To allow it to go to Options > Select server > Force showing hidden files.
Now, navigate to your root and download your .htaccess file.
Make sure you create a backup of your .htaccess file before you start editing it. You can use any text editor to edit the file and once you have edited the file, simply re-upload it to your server.
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