If my hosting provider does not provide mod_rewrite mode. What thing will get effect on my wordpress?

I bought a hosting, they claim they does not provide it. I have installed WP and the web is running. I dont know what features I am missing.

The output of following command does not have mod_rewrite anywhere.

<? php phpinfo(); ?> 

I put following contents in my .htaccess file. And mydomain.com/google.html redirect to google.com.

Options +FollowSymLinks
Redirect /google.html http://www.google.com

That means mod_rewrite is working? And my hosting representative does not know this.



the Redirect directive is part of Apache's mod_alias, not mod_rewrite.

mod_rewrite enables "pretty" permalinks, ie: http://yourdomain.com/a-post-title/ rather than "ugly" permalinks ie:http://yourdomain.com/?p=99.

WordPress will operate just fine without mod_rewrite and pretty permalinks, it's just not as attractive or SEO friendly.

  • My website has this URL yansrhr.org/celebrations-of-international-year-of-youth. And it means mod_rewirte is working in that server? Here is phpinfo page. yansrhr.org/phpmyinfo.php – Tahir Akram Dec 23 '11 at 16:35
  • @Tahir Akram - mod_rewrite is an Apache webserver module, not part of PHP, it won't show up in phpinfo. add RewriteEngine on to an htaccess file in a directory and then load that directory in your browser. If you don't get a 500 server error, then mod_rewrite is enabled. It would appear that it is though, if you're using pretty permalinks. – Milo Dec 23 '11 at 17:02
  • I used these lines in htaccess. RewriteEngine On Options +FollowSymLinks RewriteRule ^joomla\.html joomla.org? [R=301,L] and it do redirect. Hosting guy does not know this. – Tahir Akram Dec 23 '11 at 17:25

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.