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How to set up rules and redirects in .htaccess files in Cpanel

Htaccess file is a special text file with .htaccess extension that is created within  apache web server to configure and set up a custom directory level server environment without changing global setting of the server.

There are several rules that can be set using .htaccess.

  1. Directory Access Authorization and authentication Rule
  2. Blocking Access Rules
  3. Custom Error Pages Rule
  4. Mod_Rewrite / Redirection Rule


  1. 1.   Directory Access Authorization and authentication

Allow imposing of security restriction to access of directory and sub directories. When security restriction is in place, a visitor is required to provide username and password for access.

Setting up security restriction.

  1. Create the directory/ folder you want to protect in the following location.


e.g. for public_html/cloudpap  the path will be .htpasswds/public_html/cloudpap /

2. Add a passwd file in the directory –(/.htpasswds/public_html/cloudpap /) and add hashed access details using this tool –

3. Include the following lines to .htaccess: file

AuthType Basic
AuthName “Cloudpap”
AuthUserFile /home/cpanel_user/.htpasswds/public_html/passwd
require valid-user


2.  Blocking Access Rules

Allow a site administrator to prevent certain people from accessing certain sections of the website.

Blocking rules are mostly implemented using ip address.

To block from accessing current directory using .htaccess – add the following lines to the .htaccess file

order allow,deny
allow from all
deny from


To block everyone else except from accessing current directory add the following lines on the .htaccess file.

order deny,allow
deny from all
allow from

3. Custom Error Pages Rule

Custom error pages rule allow site administrator to redirect visitors to a custom page when an error occurs so that the can easily navigate to other area of the site.

Some of the errors include 404 error, 500, 403 error among others

Just ensure to create a file using the website theme with the respective error as the file name.

The add the following line to .htaccess file

ErrorDocument 404 /404.html – for 404 errors

ErrorDocument 403 /403.html– for 403 errors

ErrorDocument 500 /500.html– for 500 errors


4. Mod_Rewrite / Redirection Rule

Specifies how web page url will be displayed to the site visitors. It implements temporarily and permanent redirections.

Permanent (301) Redirect –

Most common redirect, inaddition to redirecting it directs search engines through user agents or browser that the previous url has permanently moved and  therefore they should update their databses as well.

301 redirect from to

 RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^truehost\.cloud$ [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.truehost\.cloud$
RewriteRule ^/?$ “http\:\/\/cloudpap\.com\/” [R=301,L]


Redirect from to

 RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^truehost\.cloud$ [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.truehost\.cloud$
RewriteRule ^subfolder$ “http\:\/\/cloudpap\.com\/” [R=301,L] 


Temporary Redirect (302)

Most recommended type of redirect not in the cases that the former url has changed permanently.

302 redirect redirect the visitor or search engine to a new url but requires the browser or user agent not to cache or change from the old url.

302 redirect from to
Temporary redirect from to

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^truehost\.cloud$ [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.truehost\.cloud$
RewriteRule ^/?$ “http\:\/\/cloudpap\.com\/” [R=302,L]


Redirect from to

 RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^truehost\.cloud$ [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.truehost\.cloud$
RewriteRule ^subfolder$ “http\:\/\/cloudpap\.com\/” [R=301,L] 



Other redirects performed on .htaccess


Redirect from HTTP to HTTPS

for a domain e.g. ,

 RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !=on
RewriteRule .*{REQUEST_URI} [R,L]


 RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^truehost\.cloud$ [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.truehost\.cloud$
RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [R,L] 

Redirect from non-WWW to WWW

for any domain within the server  .htaccess takes effect on:
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www\.
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.%{HTTP_HOST}/$1 [R=301,L] 

for a certain domain, e.g.
 RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^truehost\.cloud$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [R=301,L] 

Redirect from WWW to non-WWW

for any domain within the server .htaccess takes effect on:
 RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.(.*)$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://%1/$1 [R=301,L]

for a certain domain, e.g.
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.truehost\.cloud [NC]
RewriteRule (.*)$1 [R=301,L]

Changes the directory root for the main domain ( to public_html/subfolder

 RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www.)?$
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/subfolder/
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /subfolder/$1
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www.)?$
RewriteRule ^(/)?$ subfolder/index.php [L] 

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