Cache functionality is essential for performance and SEO optimization. W3 Total Cache is my favorite plugin for caching and minifying needs. Thanks to their customizability and powerful options. In this article, we’re going to solve a W3 Total Cache error related to writing the .htaccess file.
This error is not an outcome of the W3 Total Cache plugin, albeit this is a consequence of a Security Plugin. For example, an iTheme Security plugin has the option to deny access to core files including .htaccess, upload directory. Which might hinder the operation of dynamic websites. Whereas static websites might feel comfortable with the utmost level of security by these security plugins. However, you can manage the plugin smartly to match your need.
At the first time, the error may look very terrible and that’s why some users might try to access manually to the .htaccess file. It’s very time-consuming. The roots of this error in the file permission. Normally, most WordPress files have 644 levels of permission. This means the file readable by the owner, group, and public, but writable only by the owner.
Here, you must change the file permission to 644. And what magic, after refreshing the page there no bad notification. Everything goes smoothly.
For this, you can use cPanel or FileZilla, or another FTP client. Following is the screenshot of FileZilla.