Why You Can’t Find The .Htaccess File On Your WordPress Site

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Do you have problems finding the .htaccess file in WordPress? We are often asked by beginners “Where is my .htaccess file?” and “Why can’t I find it on my WordPress site?”

Sometimes you have to edit or delete the .htaccess file to fix a  common WordPress error. In this article, we explain why you cannot find the .htaccess file on your WordPress site and how you can easily find it.

The .htaccess file is a server configuration file that tells your server how to handle certain things on your website. Such as redirecting users,  securing administrative areas or protecting some folders, etc.

It is located at the root of your WordPress site. WordPress uses it to manage redirects and permalinks.

The .htaccess file is an incredibly powerful configuration file and can be used to do many useful things.

Why can’t I find the .htaccess file?

There are two common reasons for not finding the .htaccess file in the root of your website. It is hidden by your file management software or not at all.

We will explain both of them with solutions.

1. Your FTP client does not show any hidden files

The dot before the htaccess file name indicates that it is a hidden file. When you connect to your WordPress host server via an FTP client, the hidden files are not displayed by default.

To make hidden files visible, you must change your FTP client settings.

For example, in FileZilla, you will find the option under ‘Server »Force show hidden files’ menu.

If you use the File Manager app in cPanel, you will find the option to show hidden files before you start the app.

For other FTP clients, you will find the option to display hidden files in app settings or preferences menu.

After you enable this option, you can view all hidden files including the .htaccess file for your WordPress site.

2. The .htaccess file does not exist

The second most common reason for missing a .htaccess file is that your WordPress site has not yet generated it.

WordPress generates automatically. Htaccess file because it is necessary to redirect permalinks correctly.

If your .htaccess file is missing, the first thing you have to do is go to  Settings »Permalinks page and click on ‘Save changes’ without changing anything.

WordPress will now attempt to generate the .htaccess file for you.

In rare cases, WordPress may not be able to generate the .htaccess file due to a file rights issue.

In that case, a message is displayed at the bottom of the  Settings »Permalinks page, stating that the” .htaccess file cannot be written “.

You must create the .htaccess file manually and include the required code.

Simply copy and paste this code into a text editor such as Notepad. Then you must save it as. Htaccess file on your desktop.

Now connect to your website using an FTP client and upload the .htaccess file from your desktop.

If you receive an error message while uploading the file, you must change the file permission for your root folder.

Let’s assume that all your WordPress files are under the /home/johnsmith/public_html/folder.

This makes yourpublic_htmlfolder your root folder. You must go to the parent folder and right click on the public_htmlfolder. Select  File Permissions, which opens a dialogue with file permissions.

Now enter 755 in the file permissions dialogue, and then try uploading your .htaccess file to the public_html folder.

We hope this article helped you find the .htaccess file on your WordPress site. You can also view our  WordPress tutorial to consult Troubleshooting to.

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