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FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. It is a program that connects directly from your computer to the host computer where your internet files are stored.

Uploading files in an FTP program happens in one of three different modes. Auto, Binary and Ascii. When you are uploading an htaccess file, it must be done in Ascii mode. To avoid all of the initial errors, make sure the setting is on Ascii.

The other aspect of FTP is the CHMOD which stands for CHange MODe. Basically it is a set of rules on what the directory or file is allowed to do (or not). You can check

The HTMlite CHMOD tutorial page [click here]

for a more detailed explaination. The CHMOD of an htaccess file should be 644 or (RW- R-- R--). That setting makes it usable as well as more secure.
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