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How to Activate an .htaccess file
If you have access to the server settings you can edit the
configuration to allow the .htaccess file to override standard website
configs. Open the apache2 default host configuration file. NB: You will
need sudo privileges for this step.
sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/default
Once inside that file, find the following section, and change the
line that says AllowOverride from None to All. The section should now
look like this:
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
allow from all
After you save and exit that file, restart apache.
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