.htaccess is a small text file that is installed either directly in a domain folder or in a subfolder to tell the web server how it has to handle requests when an Internet site or a folder that is part of it is accessed. Numerous commonly used scripts such as Joomla and WordPress use an .htaccess file. If you get loads of fake traffic to your website, for example, you can block the access of certain IP addresses and third-party sites, or you can request the visitor to type in a username and a password in order to view the content. You could also set up URL forwarding or use customized error pages for your website, prevent other sites from linking to your content directly and from using your account’s traffic quota, etc. An .htaccess file shall give you significantly more control over your Internet sites and the way they perform.