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No .htaccess file

  • I am using a fresh WordPress 2.3 with a few plugins installed. I went to change my permalinks but it tells me to update my .htaccess file. I don’t have such a file, nor did one come with my download, nor is it “hidden” – I just don’t have one. What do I do? Where can I get one? I read some topics on it, but it’s all a foreign language to me. Can anyone help me set up permalinks?

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  • What is so “foreign language” in creating a simple text file, putting in the code given to you and uploading it to the server?

    Or reading the instructions… Using_Permalinks.

    What is so “foreign language” in creating a simple text file, putting in the code given to you and uploading it to the server?

    There is a lot of technical jargon I don’t understand.

    Or reading the instructions… Using_Permalinks.

    I have read that and still don’t quite understand.

    I did find the post somewhere that said .htaccess is a plain text file I create which can be blank and then upload it to my directory. However, up until I spent 2 days on and off going through posts to find that info, I didn’t know that. I do think it should be clearer in the documentation.

    Then also, once a permalink structure is set; what do I add to said .htaccess file? I am unaware of the meaning of the terms described in documentation and posts and nothing was understandable to me. What goes in that file? I will re-read everything again but I was looking for someone who could explain ‘how to make it work’ to me in “n00b” terms.

    Lastly, pardon if I am reading your reply the wrong way but it your reply seems faintly vindictive presumptuous that I hadn’t thouroughly researched the topic before asking. I have.

    Thank you for your reply.

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