Frequently Asked Questions

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What canonical name settings are available?

How do I enable directory indexes for my site?

How do I create a website for the sole purpose of forwarding visitors to another website?

What should my site's canonical name be?

How do I change the text displayed for missing pages and other errors?

When should the rewrite log be used?

The syntax for mod_rewrite rules can be tricky and hard to get just right, especially as they get more complex. The rewrite log can help debug RewriteRules. However, as soon as you debug your rules, it's very important to turn it off.

Because a single rewrite rule can produce several lines of output, the rewrite engine obtains a lock on the rewrite log for each access. This means your site can only process one access at a time, which is a horrible performance penalty.

Worse than that, we have seen Apache occasionally lose this lock if an in-progress request dies during rewrite processing (for example due to a closed connection), which will cause all requests for your site to stall indefinitely until the server won't accept any more.

For these reasons, you absolutely should not run the rewrite log on a production site, or for any longer than absolutely necessary to debug your rewrite rules.

What path should I use for .htpasswd files?

How do I restrict which IP addresses can access my site?

What is a per-alias document root?

Can I set up more than one alias for my site?

How do I control redirection of HTTP visitors to HTTPS?

How do I make my site fast and scalable?

How do I change the server type my site uses?

What is a run script?