5 htacsess tricks for every webmaster

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In the Apache web server, .htaccess (hypertext access) is the default name of directory-level configuration files. A .htaccess file is placed in a particular directory, and the directives in the .htaccess file apply to that directory, and all subdirectories thereof. It provides the ability to customize configuration for requests to the particular directory. The file name starts with a dot because dot-files are by convention hidden files on Unix-like operating systems.

1. Custom 404 Error Page


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The first trick is about "404 File Not Found" server error page. We can put whenever we want that our visitors see when they tries to access a page on our site that doesn’t exist.

Is very cool that we can replace the server’s default error page with one of our own that explains the error in plain language and links visitors to your home page. Here’s how to use your own page:

Create a .html file with name 404_error.html and add your html code for your custom 404 error page.
Open .htaccess file and add the following code:

ErrorDocument 404 /404_error.html

Upload the 404_error.html page to your root dir and save the .htaccess file. For the last step we need to test this page. Visit your site yoursite.com/blablabla.html something similar and our 404 error page is coming up.

2. Redirect Visitors While You Update Your Site

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