How to Test if Mod_ReWrite is Enabled Properly on Your Server

While there are other ways to do it, here is just a simple test to check if mod_rewrite is enabled properly on your server. Mod_rewrites are functions that are used in many software, including WordPress blog which utilizes a .htaccess file to process those rewrites and redirections.

STEP 1: Access the .htaccess file via FTP or using your control panel’s File Manager. I prefer using FTP software.

STEP 2: Backup or save a copy of your .htaccess file unto your local computer. This is so that you can have a copy just in case you accidentally make a mistake in your code/programming that can affect the functioning of your website or server — depending on what the htaccess file contains.

STEP 3: Edit the .htaccess file so that it contains the code below:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /wp/
RewriteRule ^writetest\.html [QSA,L]

STEP 4: Now load or navigate writetest.html in your internet browser, like Chrome or Internet Explorer. That link should redirect you to my website. If it doesn’t, then mod_rewrite is not enabled in your server and is not reading the commands from your htaccess file.

Do you need help to enable mod_rewrite on your server? No problem, I can assist you with this and any website or server issues.


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