.htaccess files on Flywheel

Updated on December 2nd, 2022

No we do not support .htaccess files.

Flywheel runs the Nginx web server, which does not utilize .htaccess files (which is one of the things that makes it so fast).


For more information about the technology behind Flywheel, see this help article.

All of the things typically associated with .htaccess files, Flywheel either handles for you automatically, you can configure yourself through the app, or we can handle via support.

Some common examples of .htaccess uses include:

Permalinks Flywheel automatically configures Nginx to handle permalinks for you.
Caching Flywheel handles caching for you and has configured Nginx accordingly. No need to install plugins or modify .htaccess files.
Redirects / rewrites Redirects can be handled from your Flywheel dashboard using this help doc. You can also install a plugin to handle redirects.
Security Many WordPress security plugins have you modify the .htaccess file to install security rules. Fortunately, Flywheel already has these types of security precautions in place at the server level.

If you find yourself needing to modify or create a .htaccess file, contact Flywheel support and we can help you figure out how to implement the same thing with Flywheel.


On many sites on Flywheel, you will find a .htaccess file in the root directory, as WordPress (and many plugins) attempt to write to the .htaccess file when configurations change. Pay no attention to this file; it will be ignored by the web server.

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