There are many
methods which you can follow to do the same, here
we will look into three of them: cPanel method,
WordPress dashboard and using any FTP client
More over when you edit your WordPress
permalink, you need to update your .htaccess file.
If you are a self hosted WordPress user, you
should know about .htaccess file and how to edit it.
In this tutorial, I will be sharing how you can edit
WordPress .htaccess file using a free FTP client
How to edit
file using cPanel:
Most of the Web hosting companies offers cPanel,
which makes it easier for non-technical people to
play and edit .htaccess file. In this part, we will
learn using cPanel method to edit. htacess file. This
is especially, useful for non-technical people who
needs to add or edit some codes and they can
quickly do it using online editor.
Login to your cPanel, and click on File manager
under Files section.
Depending upon your WordPress installation
directory, you will find .htaccess at the root of
your WP installation. If you don’t see it yet, refer
to my Create WordPress .Htaccess notes to add
one. Select .Htaccess file and click on Edit file, it
will open editor in new tab and you can make
changes right from there.
Make changes and save the file and verify the
Editing .Htaccess from
There are many WordPress plugins which offers
feature to edit Htaccess file from WP dashboard.
If you are using SEO by yoast plugin, you can
access it from SEO by yoast > Edit files settings.
Editing file using FTP client:
This is my favorite tool as I love to do things on
desktop and FTP client gives more control. Simply,
use any free FTP client like FileZilla and login to
your hosting FTP account and browse to root of
your installation. You have to enable show hidden
items to see Htaccess file, else it’s in hidden mode.
Here is how you can enable it:
Under FileZilla Menu options> select server> Force
showing hidden files
Now navigate to your root folder of your domain in
my case it is shoutmeloud.com and download your
.htaccess file. Your .htaccess file will be at the root
of the folder.
Make sure you take a back up of your .htaccess file
before you starts editing it. You can use your OS
default text editor to edit the file and once you
have edited the file, simply re-upload it back.
Make sure that permission of your .htaccess file is
644 and not 777.
In upcoming posts, I will be sharing couple of
WordPress .htaccess hacks which will make your life
easier. You might consider reading: