How to Create the Default .htaccess File in WordPress

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Running into an obstacle when updating the .htaccess file? Or perhaps you accidentally deleted that important file? Well, don’t push the panic button just yet. Keep scrolling and learn how to create the default WordPress .htaccess file so you can configure some additional settings for your site.

What Is the .htaccess File?

The .htaccess file (hypertext access) is an essential WordPress core file to reconfigure specific settings of the Apache Web Server. This file helps you enable or disable certain features of your server, like creating a redirection from non-www to www URLs or re-setting permalinks structure.

Additionally, it can handle your WordPress security settings. You can use it to set up privileges for particular files, configure password protection, and block spams.

Once you’ve installed WordPress, you can find the hypertext access file in your root directory. However, this file is usually hidden, so you need to enable the Show Hidden Files option to access it.

But in some rare instances, your WordPress installation may not contain the .htaccess file. Thankfully, you can manually create the default using your hosting control panel.

How to Create the Default WordPress .htaccess File?

You can create the default hypertext access file using any text editor on your computer (e.g., Notepad), add code as below, then upload it to your web server via an FTP client.

# BEGIN WordPress
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /live/
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /live/index.php [L]
# END WordPress

In other ways, if you using CPanel or other host manage tools you can create hypertext access file directly in that tool with the code above.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully created your default WordPress .htaccess file. Next, visit your WordPress website to ensure that the file works properly. Often, incorrect .htaccess configuration triggers 500 internal errors.


Hypertext access makes file your website work properly. It tells the server how to run your website, or determines what content to load. Equally important, you can use this file to set up WordPress security settings, such as preventing or blocking spam.

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