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PHP Enhancing a Simple PHP Application Cleaning URLs with Rewrite Rules Get Variables and Rewrite Rules

Rohit Kuruvilla
Rohit Kuruvilla
317 Points

Are .htaccess files a good practice?

.htaccess files are specific to the Apache webserver. What if I'm writing a PHP application that users should be able to deploy on any setup of their choice? (For ex. nginx, or PHP's built-in server. ) Is there a way to design my application to be compatible with most popular webservers out there?

1 Answer

Typically, .htaccess files are used to create URLs patterns for your application. You can use the .htaccess file to secure certain directories and files as well, but mostly I've seen them use to establish a particular look for your URLs. That being said, .htaccess is not an essential tool for your application and should be optional. You can always implement pretty URLs via your application design as well.