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Why is my website showing 404 Not Found for every link?

Posted 2011-04-24 in FAQs

So you just installed a script but now you're getting 404 Not Found errors on every page. This can be a common problem, but is usually easy to fix.

Some of our scripts require URL rewriting for search engine friendly URLs or "tidy URLs". There is a file called ".htaccess" that is needed for tidy URLs to work, and when it's missing or corrupt it can cause 404 Not Found errors on your site.

Check that the ".htaccess" file has been uploaded to the base folder. This file is included with your installation, usually in the "upload" folder. Sometimes the period will cause your FTP client to skip the file - if necessary you can rename it to "htaccess.txt", upload it, then rename on your server to ".htaccess".

If you're still getting 404 Not Found errors with the .htacess file in place, check that "mod_rewrite" is enabled on your server. Your web host should be able to confirm and/or enable "mod_rewrite" if needed.


Tags: 404, urls, htaccess

 


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