W3 Total Cache on Ubuntu / Apache


trying to activate W3 Total Cachce, but I got the following error:

W3 Total Cache error:It appears Minify URL rewriting is not working. Please verify that the server configuration allows .htaccess Unfortunately minification will not function without custom rewrite rules. Please ask your server administrator for assistance. Also refer to the install page for the rules for your server.

Any guidance how to setup server to allow custom rewrite rules?

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This question was answered by @rustx:


if you want to activate rewrite rules with apache, you need to do the following :

  • activate mod_rewrite
a2enmod rewrite
  • Configure your Directory to allow Override
<Directory /var/www>
AllowOverride All

Then, reload apache service, and the rewriting should work.

Hope it could help


– rustx

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