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My domain is: https://mercury.photo
My web server is (include version): Linux
The operating system my web server runs on is (include version): Ubuntu 16.04
I can login to a root shell on my machine (yes or no, or I don’t know): Yes
I’m using a control panel to manage my site (no, or provide the name and version of the control panel): no
In the interest of improving performance of my Apache server, I’ve disabled .htaccess lookups in my vhosts file and used an include directive to point to the various .htaccess files on my Wordpress installation, e.g.,
<VirtualHost *:80> DocumentRoot /path/to/wordpress/ ServerName mercury.photo RewriteOptions inherit <Directory "/path/to/wordpress/"> allow from all Options -Indexes +FollowSymLinks AllowOverride None Include /path/to/wordpress/.htaccess Include /path/to/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/this_plugin/.htaccess Include /path/to/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/that_plugin/.htaccess </Directory>
When I add the “include” directives (except for the main WP .htaccess, which does not break anything) to my LE vhosts .conf, my website becomes inaccessible (403 forbidden). How can I ensure that the Apache server reads the .htaccess files from all installed plugins without excessive & redundant lookups?