.htaccess Guidance

The .htaccess file is a special Apache file that adjusts the way your website behaves. You can edit the existing .htaccess file on your site, or you can create a new text file in any directory and name it .htaccess.

How can I secure my .htaccess file?

The .htaccess file is already protected and forbidden to browsers. To be sure, double check that the file is named ".htaccess" and not "htaccess" or "htaccess.txt". The file must start with a dot.

Can I delete my .htaccess file permanently?

You can delete the .htaccess file, but it will reappear immediately as a blank file. HostGator has default directives which will always be in place, unless you create your own directives to overrule ours.

.htaccess Example

Even if you erase and remove the .htaccess file, HostGator uses this code as a default.

DirectoryIndex index.html index.shtml index.php default.html home.html

You can override those defaults by creating your own rules.

DirectoryIndex home.html page1.php index.txt

Additional .htaccess Coding Resources

The following articles may open external websites and are for reference only. Please note that HostGator cannot offer direct support for the information provided below.

For examples of common .htaccess codes, please see the following article:

Note: You may edit your .htaccess file (as described here.) However, if you do not code the .htaccess file correctly, it can cause website errors.
Please remember, we do not offer support to code this, nor do we promise to make your code work.