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  • I’m looking through various installs of WordPress that I set up, and using my favorite ftp client, I can see some installs have .htaccess files and some don’t.

    The first question is probably not that important, but, how’d that happen?

    The second question is what if I just copy another .htaccess file and then replace the domain name from the original with the domain name of the site I’m copying it to?

    (As I always do before posting here, I searched through the forums for this problem, and while there are many questions/answers, none appear like the one I have. If the solution is here and I’ve missed it, I’m sorry, but would you point to it?)

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  • Moderator Andrew Ozz


    WordPress Dev

    .htaccess holds the permalinks settings and may have more content depending on the host/web server setup.
    In my opinion, not a good idea to swap it with one from different server.

    If its missing and WP works right – it’s not needed. If you need to recreate it, reset the permalinks to the same value. If there are write errors, create an empty one with your ftp program, set permissions to 666 and try again. When done, set permissions to 644.

    The reason i found it was missing was I was trying to figure out why my blog keeps switching from the theme I made to the default theme. I’ve found a post elsewhere in the forums that suggests my problem is that I’ve got a bad stylesheet, so now I’m looking that over to see if I can find a problem there. (In all the time I’ve been working with WordPress, I’ve never had this problem before.)

    Hi I have looked threw wordpress 2.1.3 for my .htaccess yet cant fined it I have looked at every file still cant fined it
    my server is Apache 2.2.4 with php 5.2 and my sql 5.0
    I would like to move my blog from .com/music/wordpress/index.php to .com/music/index.php but not move the wordpress core the instructions say I have to copy .htaccess but I have not got one how mite I get my blog to right ulr

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