.htaccess Reference: Part 2

In case you missed it, you can read the first part of the .htaccess Reference here.

Password unprotection

Unprotect a directory inside an otherwise protected structure:

Satisfy any

Extra secure method to force a domain to only use SSL and fix double login problem

If you really want to be sure that your server is only serving documents over an encrypted SSL channel (you wouldn’t want visitors to submit an .htaccess password prompt on an unencrypted connection) then you need to use the SSLRequireSSL directive with the +StrictRequire Option turned on. Read more on .htaccess Reference: Part 2…

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.Htaccess Reference

.htaccess is a configuration file used on Apache and other nix servers. It is one of the most configurable and powerful tools for website functionality, security, and search engine optimization. Here is a comprehensive reference.

(Hypertext Access) is the default name of Apache’s directory-level configuration file. It provides the ability to customize configuration directives defined in the main configuration file. The configuration directives need to be in .htaccess context and the user needs appropriate permissions. Read more on .Htaccess Reference…

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URL Rewriting – Search Engine Friendly URL’s – Part 2

You probably know by now that dynamic web sites have a challenge in search engine optimization because they often use dynamic url’s with information carried from page to page in query strings. (http://www.yourdomain.com/index.php?id1=value1&id2=value2&id3=value3)

Through proper use of .htaccess and mod_rewrite, you can turn your ugly dynamic url’s into search engine friendly (and user friendly) url’s. Read more on URL Rewriting – Search Engine Friendly URL’s – Part 2…

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Search Engine Friendly URLs and .htaccess / mod_rewrite – Part 1

A common topic in search engine optimization these days is the conflict between search engines and dynamic sites. There is an ongoing battle between “user-friendly” and “search engine friendly”. A LOT of the time, search engines don’t like sites that users do. (This is ironic, because they are always touting the need for user-friendliness.) It is true that often search engines don’t like sites that are well-designed (“Too graphic-heavy!”), that are dynamically coded-such as Amazon.com, Flash, etc. Now, they can learn to like these sites, but it takes extra work on our end, as web designers. It’s up to us to go the extra mile.

Right now I’m only going to talk about Search Engine Friendly URL’s and dynamic web sites. Most search engines have a hard time with dynamic urls…you can spot them because they end in “.php?id1=value1&id2=value2&id3=value3″ and such. Read more on Search Engine Friendly URLs and .htaccess / mod_rewrite – Part 1…

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