How to Activate an .htaccess file
If you have access to the server settings you can edit the configuration to allow the .htaccess file to override standard website configs. Open the apache2 default host configuration file. NB: You will need sudo privileges for this step.
sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/default
Once inside that file, find the following section, and change the line that says AllowOverride from None to All. The section should now look like this:
<Directory /var/www/> Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews AllowOverride All Order allow,deny allow from all </Directory>
After you save and exit that file, restart apache.
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