IMPORTANT NOTES FOR .HTACCESS NOOBS
As a configuration file, .htaccess is very powerful. Even the slightest syntax error (like a missing space) can result in severe server malfuntion. Thus is crucial to make backup copies of everything related to your site (including any original .htaccess files) before working with your Hypertext Access file(s). It is also important to check your entire website thoroughly after making changes to your .htaccess file. If any error or other problems are encountered, employ your backups immediately to restore original functionality.
For Nginxs users you will get a file to download with the rules that must be applied to your configuration file (typically into _nginx/sitesavailable/default):
.htaccess files are a powerful mechanism to avoid unauthorised access to our site and to add a basic security mechanism to our site.