way 1

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^wp-admin/includes/ - [F,L]
RewriteRule !^wp-includes/ - [S=3]
RewriteRule ^wp-includes/[^/]+\.php$ - [F,L]
RewriteRule ^wp-includes/js/tinymce/langs/.+\.php - [F,L]
RewriteRule ^wp-includes/theme-compat/ - [F,L]

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/wp-content/plugins/file/to/exclude\.php

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/wp-content/plugins/directory/to/exclude/

RewriteRule wp-content/plugins/(.*\.php)$ - [R=404,L]

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/wp-content/themes/file/to/exclude\.php

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/wp-content/themes/directory/to/exclude/

RewriteRule wp-content/themes/(.*\.php)$ - [R=404,L]


RewriteEngine On

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/wp-content/plugins/file/to/exclude.php

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/wp-content/plugins/directory/to/exclude/

RewriteRule wp-content/plugins/(.*.php)$ - [R=404,L]

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/wp-content/themes/file/to/exclude.php

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/wp-content/themes/directory/to/exclude/

RewriteRule wp-content/themes/(.*.php)$ - [R=404,L]

which is the correct way to add .htaccess?

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Hi @marksman283,

Usually if it works, it’s fine however in this case, I’ll recommend you to use your way 1.

Here is a bit more information as to why I believe this would be better


http://example.com/file.html becomes http://example.com/folder1/file.html.

Note: The directory folder1 must be unique in the URL. It won’t work for http://example.com/folder1/folder1.html. The directory folder1 must exist and have content in it.

This .htaccess file will redirect http://example.com/file.html to http://example.com/folder1/file.html:

Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} example.com$ [NC]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !folder1
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://example.com/folder1/$1 [R=301,L]