You should update your .htaccess now.

by garth on April 13, 2006

If your directory permissions start off a little too tight, WordPress might start off with an empty .htaccess file. The first symptom I noticed was 404 results on archives and comments. After much random browsing, I blundered across this solution:

  • Visit the Permalink options page (Options > Permalinks)
  • Hit the Update Permalink Structure button
  • Observe “You should update your .htaccess now” message at the top of the page
  • Express great frustration that you’re not being told with what you should update .htaccess now
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page
  • Thwack self on forehead

I might still try out Justin Blanton’s Smart Archives plugin, but at least now I’ve got the archives — and comments — working.