XF 1.3 Friendly URL Problem New Install


Well-known member
Hi Guys

Just installed XF 1.3 and activated the friendly URLs but I've hit a problem

This is what the URL should be:


But this is what's happening:


Which generates page not found errors

I adjusted the .htaccess file to this:

# Mod_security can interfere with uploading of content such as attachments. If you
# cannot attach files, remove the "#" from the lines below.
#<IfModule mod_security.c>
# SecFilterEngine Off
# SecFilterScanPOST Off
ErrorDocument 401 default
ErrorDocument 403 default
ErrorDocument 404 default
ErrorDocument 500 default
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
# If you are having problems with the rewrite rules, remove the "#" from the
# line that begins "RewriteBase" below. You will also have to change the path
# of the rewrite to reflect the path to your XenForo installation.
RewriteBase /forums
# This line may be needed to enable WebDAV editing with PHP as a CGI.
#RewriteRule .* - [E=HTTP_AUTHORIZATION:%{HTTP:Authorization}]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -f [OR]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -l [OR]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -d
RewriteRule ^.*$ - [NC,L]
RewriteRule ^(data/|js/|styles/|install/|favicon\.ico|crossdomain\.xml|robots\.txt) - [NC,L]
RewriteRule ^.*$ index.php [NC,L]

But no joy. The forum is in a sub-folder titled forums so is this causing the problem.

Any help would be appreciated. BTW I'm on a 1and1 unlimited shared hosting platform


XenForo developer
Staff member
Are you sure it's .htaccess (not htaccess.txt)? It looks like the .htaccess isn't being picked up.


Well-known member
Yep it's definitely .htaccess - I have this in the same folder as all the other files; should this be in the root?


How bizarre - I deleted the .htaccess file and renamed the htaccess.txt file, changed the redirectbase to forums and it's working. However the URLS are still showing /forums/forums - is that the way it's supposed to be?
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Well-known member
Thanks Mike/Brogan - I am planning to install something into the root, but I may just change my mind on that subject lol.

As of now it's all good, so thanks again for prompt responses.