I have a running CentOS 7 with Apache 2 mariadb stack with vhosts and Let's Encrypt. I've installed WordPress 4.9.6 on a virtual host using debian style (sites-available -> sites-enabled).

My problem is that I cannot use permalinks. I copy my server configuration below.



<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerName www.example.com
    ServerAlias example.com
    DocumentRoot /var/www/example.com/public_html
    ErrorLog /var/www/example.com/error.log
    CustomLog /var/www/example.com/requests.log combined
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{SERVER_NAME} =example.com [OR]
RewriteCond %{SERVER_NAME} =www.example.com
RewriteRule ^ https://%{SERVER_NAME}%{REQUEST_URI} [END,NE,R=permanent]


<IfModule mod_ssl.c>
<VirtualHost *:443>
    ServerName www.example.com
    ServerAlias example.com
    DocumentRoot /var/www/example.com/public_html
    ErrorLog /var/www/example.com/error.log
    CustomLog /var/www/example.com/requests.log combined
Include /etc/letsencrypt/options-ssl-apache.conf
SSLCertificateFile /etc/letsencrypt/live/example.com/cert.pem
SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/letsencrypt/live/example.com/privkey.pem
SSLCertificateChainFile /etc/letsencrypt/live/example.com/chain.pem

Apache configuration file /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf:

<Directory />
    AllowOverride none
    Require all denied

DocumentRoot "/var/www/html"

<Directory "/var/www">
    AllowOverride None
    Require all granted 

<Directory "/var/www/html">
    Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
    AllowOverride All
    Require all granted

Config. file on the public_html directory /var/www/example.com/public_html/.htaccess:

# BEGIN WordPress
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L] 
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f 
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d 
RewriteRule . /index.php [L] 
# END WordPress

I've enable permalinks settings on WordPress admin:


Permissions of .htaccess file are:

-rw-r--r-- 1 apache apache 235 Jun 24 13:54 .htaccess

sudo httpd -M shows:

 rewrite_module (shared)

1 Answer 1


For the next person, be sure to set AllowOverride All in the correct directory. In Damon's case he set AllowOverride All in the /var/www/html directory, but his site is located in /var/www/example.com/public_html. I could be wrong, but the AllowOverride setting is specific to the directory. Damon should add the AllowOverride All setting to the /etc/httpd/sites-available/example.com.conf and /etc/httpd/sites-available/example.com-le-ssl.conf files. Without this setting the .htaccess file wordpress uses will work.

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