Usually cpanel(WHM) compiles mod_rewrite by default. You can check with this:
root@server [~]# httpd -l|grep rewrite
So you must just activate it in your ‘.htaccess’ using:
To check if mod_rewrite module is enabaled, create a new php file in your root folder of your WAMP server. Enter the following
Access your created file from your browser.
Ctrl+F to open a search. Search for ‘mod_rewrite’. If it is enabled you see it as ‘Loaded Modules’
If not, open httpd.conf (Apache Config file) and look for the following line.
#LoadModule rewrite_module modules/mod_rewrite.so
remove the pound (‘#’) sign at the start and save the this file.
Restart your apache server.
Access the same php file in your browser.
search for ‘mod_rewrite’ again. You should be able to find it now.
For Plesk Servers
Log into your server via ssh as root.
Mod Rewrite is enabled by default on plesk servers. You can verify this with the following command:
# apachectl -M | grep rewrite
modify the vhost.conf file at /var/www/vhosts/example.com/conf/vhost.conf
# replace "AllowOverride None" with "AllowOverride all".
restart apache with the following command:
service httpd restart
Create a .htaccess containing the following and upload it to the root of your site:
RewriteEngine On RewriteRule ^google.html$ http://www.google.com/ [R=301]
Going to http://www.yoursite.com/google.html should redirect you to Google.com if you have mod rewrite enabled and your syntax is correct.
For more information on Mod rewrite see the following links.