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  • Elggworld added a new discussion topic What is the significance of HTACCESS? in the group Elgg Technical Support
    Hi, recently I installed elgg on a domain. For the record, the folder structures were: public_html/elgg public_html/data Strangely though, the setup DID NOT create the ".HTACCESS" file. However, everything seems to work well. So my question is,...
    • If your install works, the .htaccess file must be there.

      Keep in mind that files starting with "." are often hidden by default in ftp clients and for shell commands like ls.

      On a Unix system,

      ls -a

      will reveal all.

    • .htaccess is often essential for making things behave properly. One thing it does, for example, is set the system to output 'pretty permalinks' so that the URLs of generated pages appear readable, and are also liked by SEO rules in search engine spiders such as Google's.

      As Kevin says, files with a dot at the start of the name are often hidden. If you use a Windows FTP application as I do, there's usually an option to make them visible.

      Windows doesn't treat .htaccess files well, as they appear to be an extension with no filename. I use the free Jarte editor rather than Notepad, and this allows me to open .htaccess as its default editor.

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