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I'm new to blog hosting etc, so this may be an ultra-newbie question.

I just started my own blog, using, hosted by MyDomain/NamesDirect. I would like to use permalinks (nothing fancy, the suggested /%year%/%monthnum%/%day%/%postname%/ will do just fine). However, I do not have access to the .htaccess files. I have (if I understand correctly) Linux hosting with Apache.

I approached MyDomain's support and they answered as follows:


We unfortunately do not give access to the .htaccess file when you install it
through our apps server. 

You would have to use it from another party.

To clarify - as long as I use "ugly" permalinks (e.g. everything works fine.

What can I do besides switching my hosting service?

Many thanks.

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@Farseeker: thanks for the typo fix – Roee Adler Aug 19 '09 at 21:10
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You can use PATHINFO. Choose custom structure and put index.php/%year%/%monthnum%/%day%/%postname%/ instead of /%year%/%monthnum%/%day%/%postname%/. Of course URL will start with index.php
See this for more information on how it works

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Thanks, it works. Does it have any negative SEO effect? – Roee Adler Aug 19 '09 at 21:49
Good question. I just don't know. With google I found that is using PATHINFO and by searching inurl:index.php you can see that page are correctily indexed but I don't know if without index.php in the path they would have a better PageRank – radius Aug 19 '09 at 21:58

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