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  • Resolved MrMick

    (@mrmick)


    Hi!

    My host emailed me that he supports the Apache “Rewrite Engine” instead of “mod_rewrite”. Might this be a problem by installing wordpress? Do I have to expect any disadvantages?

    Thanks,
    Mick

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  • AFAIK, they’re the same. Did you google “apache rewrite engine”?

    I hope your host knows what he’s talking about because with an answer like that, you might want to find someone better.

    Apache page for mod_rewrite / rewrite engine

    You shouldn’t have any problems. Usually WordPress will declare

    RewriteEngine on

    in the first part of the .htaccess file. I would expect that you will no problems, but it’s still possible that you might.

    In follow up, here is the apache page, bad link before:

    mod_rewrite / rewrite engine

    WordPress also uses an if statement so if mod_rewrite.c doesn’t exist, it will just ignore the rewrite rules.

    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>

    Thank you all for the answers!
    My wordpress-installation seems to work, I recognized no problems so far. But I still don’t understand what the rewrite-option is good for and why wordpress recommends the module although it’s not necessary.
    Any ideas?

    Thanks,
    Mick

    Sorry, I read the mail from my host again, and I understood it wrong the first time.

    He is using the rewrite engine for webserver redirection. That’s the reason why I cannot use the module.

    Does wordpress has any disadvantages without using the module?

    Mick

    Moderator James Huff

    (@macmanx)

    Does wordpress has any disadvantages without using the module?

    Yes and no. WordPress requires mod_rewrite to enable permalinks, but permalinks are not required. What permalinks do is they provide “prettier” links for your posts and they help with search engine optimization. See: http://codex.wordpress.org/Search_Engine_Optimization_for_Wordpress#Permalinks

    If you were to ask my recommendation, I would say that you should find another hosting provider. mod_rewrite is a standard feature that is offered by most hosting providers.

    He is using the rewrite engine for webserver redirection.

    I smell a cheap / crappy host. They are pointing domains onto an account of their own it sounds like.

    Hi,

    thanks so much! This helps a lot. Now I begin to understand better what the rewrite engine does.

    Best,
    Mick

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