I have changed my Permalink Option page so that my permalinks will be “pretty,” and I understand that I have to change something in the htaccess file, but when I click on it under Manage Files, it says that no such file exists. Any ideas?
First, through your host cPanel assuming you have one – navigate to your wordpress install folder, you should see .htaccess, click on it, somewhere on the page (depending on which control panel software your host uses) you should see “change permissions”; change permissions to 777, click save/update whatever, access wp-admin/options/permalinks, wp will write to the file, then go back to the file in cpanel and set permissions back to 644….
Second, using your ftp client, navigate to your wp install in the remote pane, find the .htaccess file, right click on it (usually), change permissions to 777, repeat the wp-admin etc. access above, then right click on the file in your ftp client again and set permissions back to 644.
First – if you want to do it from the permalinks option page, you’ll have to CHMOD the .htaccess to 666 – make your changes and CHMOD back to 644. You can do this from your control panel or ftp.
Second choice is download the .htaccess via ftp. Copy the code from the permalinks page and paste it in the .htaccess you downloaded. Re-upload .htaccess.