Using .htaccess Files with Apache Page 7

Apache provides two main ways of controlling its behaviour on a per-directory level: <Directory> containers in the server-wide configuration files, and .htaccess files in each directory where they're needed. Each method has its advantages and its disadvantages; you, as the Webmaster, need to balance these against each other to decide what mix of the techniques is best for your environment.

If you do decide to permit the use of .htaccess files, be sure to limit them to appropriate areas and improve your performance by using AllowOverride None elsewhere. This will save unnecessary disk activity.

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If you have a particular Apache-related topic that you'd like covered in a future article in this column, please let me know; drop me an email at <coar@Apache.Org>. I do read and answer my email, usually within a few hours (although a few days may pass if I'm travelling or my mail volume is 'way up). If I don't respond within what seems to be a reasonable amount of time, feel free to ping me again.

About the Author

Ken Coar is a member of the Apache Group and a director and vice president of the Apache Software Foundation. He is also a core member of the Jikes open-source Java compiler project, a contributor to the PHP project, the author of Apache Server for Dummies, a lead author of Apache Server Unleashed, and is currently working with Ryan Bloom on a book for Addison-Wesley tentatively entitled Apache Module Development in C. He can be reached via email at <coar@apache.org>.

This article was originally published on Jul 19, 2000

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