hello, I am having same problem. I installed Joomla 1.5 to a site (web1) and when I upload a .htaccess file via ftp of the same user the .htaccess gets disappeared. Just cause I got the ispconfig running on a laptop on lan if I go to /var/www/example.bounceme.net/web I can see the .htaccess file with permissions to web1, client1. I access ftp from a windows machine using filezilla and this is the first time I see something like this. I mean I use it for years on my host without a problem. I don't find some option on the ftp client to show or hide hidden files, I searched all the program (there is actually something on a menu to Force Showing Hidden Files, but nothing). I wanna simulate my host's behavior to ispconfig and use .htaccess but it keeps disappearing whatever I do on the ftp. I saw till's advice above that says: Edit the file: /usr/local/ispconfig/server/conf/vhost.conf.master and change the lines: AllowOverride Indexes AuthConfig Limit FileInfo to AllowOverride All .. but I cannot find such lines in that file. any help appreciated thanks so much !