Here’s a useful trick for minimizing server HTTP connections, unfortunately it’s not universally supported so you will need to provide alternate methods for non-supporting browsers (such as MSIE).
This works by placing the content of the image into the URL itself, as such there’s no need to open up a new server connection and no extra caching at any tier.
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Occasionally, there becomes a need to expose the use of the .htaccess file to the domains hosted on your Apache server. This technique is particularly useful when you host websites for external clients (or developers).
The steps to enable it are relatively easy,
Uncomment the ‘httpd.conf’ line that reads as:
LoadModule rewrite_module modules/mod_rewrite.so
Review (and replace as appropriate) all cases of :
AllowOverride None with
in the following files:
httpd.conf, /extra/httpd-vhosts.conf, /extra/httpd-autoindex.conf and any related files you may be using.
- Add the .htaccess file into the appropriate websites/folders
- Restart the server to accept the changes
NOTE: If you develop or host on Windows, you’ll likely have problems creating the file because there is no filename, just a file extension. You can create (or download) it from any non-Windows host and use it without additional changes. Apache does let you use a different filename, but you also need to be careful to update related security configuration that is used to prevent download of such files.