Add Expires Headers to .htaccess File in WordPress

Making sure mod_expires is enabled

sudo a2enmod expires
systemctl restart apache2

Add Expires Headers to .htaccess

To add Expires Headers to your site, you need to edit the .htaccess file.

Simply download the .htaccess file from the root of your host (it may be hidden) and add the code below:

<IfModule mod_expires.c>
ExpiresActive On
ExpiresByType image/jpg "access plus 1 month"
ExpiresByType image/jpeg "access plus 1 month"
ExpiresByType image/gif "access plus 1 month"
ExpiresByType image/png "access plus 1 month"
ExpiresByType text/css "access plus 1 month"
ExpiresByType application/pdf "access plus 1 month"
ExpiresByType text/x-javascript "access plus 1 month"
ExpiresByType application/x-shockwave-flash "access plus 1 month"
ExpiresByType image/x-icon "access plus 1 year"
ExpiresDefault "access plus 2 days"


Disable Directory Browsing In WordPress

To disable directory browsing in WordPress all you need to do is add a single line of code in your WordPress site’s .htaccess file located in the root directory of your website.
Once connected to your website, you will find a .htaccess file in your site’s root directory. .htaccess is a hidden file, and if you can not find it on your server, you need to make sure that you have enabled your FTP client to show hidden files.
Now at the end of your WordPress generated code in the .htaccess file simply add this line at the bottom:

Options All -Indexes


Mapping Multiple Domains into Single Instance of WordPress

Approach Taken & Implemented

  • Installed the WordPress into parent domain
  • Configured various plugins for my blog
  • Pointed second domain into parent domain IP through A record in DNS zone editor
  • Edited wp-config.php for two domain names according while accessing i.e. to reflect Site URL and  Site Home to respectivel

Editing wp-config.php

  • Go to WordPress installed root directory and look for wp-config.php file
  • Place below lines after the table_prefix line; order is very important in wp-config.php
 * Handle multi domain into single instance of wordpress installation
define('WP_SITEURL', 'http://' . $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST']);
define('WP_HOME', 'http://' . $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST']);
  • Go to wordpress admin page and take a look at Settings -> General. You will have WordPress Address (URL) and Site Address (URL) will be in disabled state.  It means your wordpress installation dynamic enoungh to accomadate both domain address


Install WordPress on Ubuntu

Install Apache

sudo apt-get install apache2

Install MySQL

sudo apt-get install mysql-server php5-mysql

Install PHP

sudo apt-get install php5 libapache2-mod-php5 php5-mcrypt php5-curl
sudo apt-get install php5-cli

Create a MySQL Database and User for WordPress

mysql -u root -p
create database wordpressdb;
create user wordpressuser@localhost identified by 'pass1234';
grant all privileges on wordpressdb.* to wordpressuser@localhost;


Download WordPress



sudo apt-get install wordpress
sudo apt-get install php5-gd libssh2-php

The group ownership we will give to our web server process, which is www-data. This will allow Apache to interact with the content as necessary.

sudo chown -R :www-data /var/www/html/wordpress

MySQL Error: : ‘Access denied for user ‘root’@’localhost’

  1. Open & Edit /etc/my.cnf or /etc/mysql/my.cnf, depending on your distro.
  2. Add skip-grant-tables under [mysqld]
  3. Restart Mysql
  4. You should be able to login to mysql now using the below command mysql -u root -p
  5. Run mysql> flush privileges;
  6. Set new password by ALTER USER 'root'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'NewPassword';
  7. Go back to /etc/my.cnf and remove/comment skip-grant-tables
  8. Restart Mysql
  9. Now you will be able to login with the new password mysql -u root -p

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