My domain is hosted by a commercial service (Earthlink). They have it set up so that all of my pages are in a folder called "webdocs". My question is, if I want to code an .htaccess file to control access to my site, is it sufficient for me to just upload it to this "webdocs" folder, or do I need go up a level? And if I do this without consulting with Earthlink customer service (who, to my taste, are too slow) first, is there any chance that this would interfere with the overall functioning of the site.
Thanks for the advice. I'm having a problem, however. When I uploaded .htaccess I immediately started getting 500 errors when trying access my site.
What I had intended to was redirect 404s to a custom page, and to ban the Internetseer bot from the page. Without access to the Apache error logs, I can't tell what I did wrong or if there's something higher up on the server interfering with this.
Thanks, jdMorgan! I tried your first suggestion and still got the 500 error, so I'm leaning toward the thesis that Earthlink doesn't allow mod_rewrite (though as expected they haven't answered my question about that...) I'm testing your second suggestion, and it hasn't had any negative repercussions, but it'll take me a couple days to see if it's successfully repulsing Internetseer.
As usual, WebmasterWorld has proven to be very valuable.