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This may be the best htaccess resource I've ever run across:

Ultimate htaccess Article

There are some really neat tips in there, including...

- Forcing certain file types to download instead of displaying within browser
- Search engine friendly redirects
- Preventing hotlinking and bandwidth stealing

Very cool tips! Post here if you find something new or cool you didn't know about ahead of time.

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Very neat! It's like an Apache config cookbook. Great find, Tim. Smiling

I think this ought to be stickied.

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hi how are you i am new over here and also i want to join you all thank you

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Agreed, it has been stickied! Now I don't have to put it in my exponentially swelling pile-o-disorganised-bookmarks. Smiling

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Thanks for the props guys, If you ever see any improvements or additions let me know, im always updating..

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Andy posted about this excellent site in General Chat: http://localhost80.com/ -- a simple page full of links to useful articles.

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Force Apache to output any HTTP Status Code with ErrorDocument

I setup an automated system to view all 57 Apache Response codes and ErrorDocuments, saving the headers and returned content for future reference. Use this page as a reference when designing scripts that use headers. Ex: 404 Not Found, 200 OK, 304 Not-Modified, 506 Service Temporarily Unavailable, etc.

When a Status code is encountered, Apache serves the header and the ErrorDocument for the error code. So if you can see any Header and ErrorDocument by causing that error on Apache.

For instance, if you request a file that doesn’t exist, a 404 Not Found is issued and the corresponding ErrorDocument is served with the 404 Not Found Header. So we can see what Apache 404 Errors and Response Codes look like, but how do we cause errors for the 56 other Apache Response Codes?

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yeah I like that one too! I only know the german equivalent to this...but this one is much more useful.
I like http://www.seoking.eu/seo-search-engine/ for looking up every question that comes in my mind regarding Search Engine Optimization. Ok I got to admit: I made it...but it´s really good and I care for it a lot.

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You have some good webmaster resource and reference here. http://www.askapache.com/htaccess/apache-htaccess.html

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I was having trouble with .htaccess - I can process php in html files on xampp but not on the remote server...

This article has a new url, the one in the OP will redirect anyway

http://www.askapache.com/htaccess/apache-htaccess.html

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Nothing on this forum suprises me now...

Everytime i vanish for a little while and come back its like KABOOM!

I just log into Explosively Great Posts and this one is very good.

Nice Guide Smiling

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I am little new to this htacess thing and I am still learning something new everyday. Well it seems it is a very old thread and I am sure there are new updates on the topic too. Thanks and please post updates if there are any.

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Access Control benefit. Simply put, you can deny visitors from accessing certain parts of your site. You might have a directory that contains scripts. Your server runs the scripts, but you do not want outsiders to have access to them.

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How does that differ in effect from just never allowing the public to know that the private directory is there, by telling the search engines to noindex any webpages that reference that directory?

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There are more possibilities than just search engines to find files on a server. Out of date copy of wordpress or other 3rd party software that has known exploits and vulnerabilities that lets hack scripts placed in the site and/or let people execute commands from the bad software itself can make things lot s of fun.

I've many times tracked down hacks and trace through logs to track it all on a shared hosting servers, one of them was a "custom cms" that had an uploads directory. Once their admin was compromised, someone figured out that instead of uploading a image/pdf/word file, they could upload a .php file, call it, and woohoo, hack script letting them browse the server. (A very good reason why on shared hosting make sure accounts are locked down to only reading their own directory as much as possible)

This script will do all kinds of fun things, include one click find a list of all Apache writeable directories, so they can copy the script off to other sited hosted on the server...

After this was found, .htaccess was mosified for the uploads directory to make .php and other "executable" (as far as apache sees) to feed out as just a .txt file.

-Greg

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Greg K wrote:
... vulnerabilities that lets hack scripts placed in the site and/or let people execute commands from the bad software itself can make things lots of fun... This script will do all kinds of fun things, include one click find a list of all Apache writeable directories...

Wow, Greg! Where does somebody learn to do fun things like that?

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There are probably sites out there that tell how to do it, or people that lack morals who have learned how servers work.

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Greg K wrote:
There are more possibilities than just search engines to find files on a server. Out of date copy of wordpress or other 3rd party software that has known exploits and vulnerabilities that lets hack scripts placed in the site and/or let people execute commands from the bad software itself can make things lot s of fun.

I've many times tracked down hacks and trace through logs to track it all on a shared hosting servers, one of them was a "custom cms" that had an uploads directory. Once their admin was compromised, someone figured out that instead of uploading a image/pdf/word file, they could upload a .php file, call it, and woohoo, hack script letting them browse the server. (A very good reason why on shared hosting make sure accounts are locked down to only reading their own directory as much as possible)

This script will do all kinds of fun things, include one click find a list of all Apache writeable directories, so they can copy the script off to other sited hosted on the server...

After this was found, .htaccess was mosified for the uploads directory to make .php and other "executable" (as far as apache sees) to feed out as just a .txt file.

-Greg

You share this information about webmaster its really a nice and you have to also describe this every resources is very specific.I just want to ask you how can i develop the webmaster pages?

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Awesome articles and resources for webmasters
This may be the best resource The TechGuys I've found through:

The TechGuys recent article

There are some very good advice there, including the ...

- Need for certain types of files to download instead of displaying in the browser
- Search engine friendly redirects
- Useful links to avoid bandwidth theft and

Tips very cool! Add here if you find anything new or fresh that not known beforehand.

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