Set WordPress to ignore a File Path

Sometimes, you need to allow access to a file or directory but don’t need a subdomain. For example, you may upload a file or folder to your public_html directory, but WordPress may show a 404 error when attempting to access its file path. In such situations, you can create a rewrite condition within your .htaccess file to force your WordPress website to ignore the file path of that file. This would allow a file – e.g. – to display as is instead of embedded as part of the parent WordPress website.

Edit WordPress to Ignore a File Path

  1. Using SSH or cPanel File Editor, navigate to your WordPress directory.
  2. Open your website .htaccess file.
  3. Below is the default WordPress .htaccess file:

    # BEGIN WordPress
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteBase /
    RewriteRule ^index\.php$ – [L]
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
    RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
    # END WordPress

    Add the following above the RewriteCond lines, replacing file with the file path to your saved files:

    RewriteCond $1 !^(/file)

  4. Save your changes.

You should now be able to visit the URL for that HTML file without your WordPress website attempting to integrate it as part of the website.

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