What is the use of .htaccess file?

  IT & Software, Technical
  1. In the cPanel File Manager, click Settings.
  2. Make sure that Show Hidden Files (dotfiles) is checked, and click Save.
  3. Click on public_html, and open your .htaccess if you already have one. If not, click File+, name the file .htaccess and click Create New File.
  4. Select the .htaccess file, and click Edit.
    • If you just created your .htaccess file, use the following code to set up the URL redirect to the HTTPS version of your website:
      RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80 RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www\.)?coolexample\.com RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://www.coolexample.com/$1 [R,L]
    • If your .htaccess file already exists in your hosting account, do not duplicate ReWriteEngine On. Insert the lines that begin with ReWriteCond and RewriteRule directly after the already existing ReWriteEngine On.
  5. Click Save Changes and Close. That’s it!

Visit your website and you’ll automatically be re-directed to the HTTPS version.

We provide these instructions as a courtesy, but you may need to make other changes to get the redirect working if you already have a .htaccess file.

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