The .htaccess file is a special Apache file that adjusts the way your website behaves. You can edit the existing .htaccess file on your site, or you can create a new text file in any directory and name it .htaccess.
How can I secure my .htaccess file?
The .htaccess file is already protected and forbidden to browsers. To be sure, double check that the file is named ".htaccess" and not "htaccess" or "htaccess.txt". The file must start with a dot.
Can I delete my .htaccess file permanently?
You can delete the .htaccess file, but it will reappear immediately as a blank file. HostGator has default directives which will always be in place, unless you create your own directives to overrule ours.
Even if you erase and remove the .htaccess file, HostGator uses this code as a default.
DirectoryIndex index.html index.shtml index.php default.html home.html
You can override those defaults by creating your own rules.
DirectoryIndex home.html page1.php index.txt
Additional .htaccess Coding Resources
For examples of common .htaccess codes, please see the following article: