Not Found

There are a couple of reasons you might receive a Not Found error, and they are each caused by different factors.

404 Not Found

The examples below are for the Apache Web Server which is the most common server software used.

Missing .htaccess File

The first thing to check is if you have the provided .htaccess file at the root of your Gav installation. Because this is a hidden file, you won’t normally see this in your explorer or finder windows. If you have extracted Kunena then selected and moved or copied the files, you may well have left this very important file behind.

It is strongly advised to unzip Kunena and move the entire folder into place, then simply rename the folder. This will ensure all the files retain their proper positions.

AllowOverride All

In order for the Kunena-provided .htaccess to be able to set the rewrite rules required for routing to work properly, Apache needs to first read the file. when your <Directory> or <VirtualHost> directive is setup with AllowOverride None, the .htaccess file is completely ignored. The simplest solution is to change this to AllowOverride All

More details on AllowOverride and all the possible configuration options can be found in the Apache Documentation.

RewriteBase Issue

If the homepage of your Kunena site loads, but any other page displays this very rough Apache-style error, then the most likely cause is that there is a problem with your .htaccess file.

The default .htaccess that comes bundled with Kunena works fine out-of-the-box in most cases. However, there are certain setups involving virtual hosts where the file system does not match the virtual hosting setup directly. In these cases you must configure the RewriteBase option in the .htaccess to point to the correct path.

There is a short explanation of this in the .htacces file itself:

# If you are getting 404 errors on subpages, you may have to uncomment the RewriteBase entry
# You should change the '/' to your appropriate subfolder. For example if you have
# your Kunena install at the root of your site '/' should work, else it might be something
# along the lines of: RewriteBase /<your_sub_folder>

# RewriteBase /

Simply remove the # before the RewriteBase / directive to uncomment it, and adjust the path to match your server environment.

Missing Rewrite or Headers Modules

Some webserver packages (I’m looking at your EasyPHP and WAMP!) do not come with the Apache rewrite or headers modules enabled by default. They usually can be enabled from the configuration settings for Apache, or you can do so manually via the httpd.conf by uncommenting these lines (or something similar) so they are loaded by Apache:

#LoadModule rewrite_module modules/
#LoadModule headers_module modules/

Then restart your Apache server.

Kunena Error 404 Page

404 Not Found

If you receive a Kunena-style error saying Error 404 then your .htaccess is functioning correctly, but your trying to reach a page that Kunena cannot find.

The most common cause of this is simply that the page has been moved or renamed. Another thing to check is if the page has a slug set in the page YAML headers. This overrides the explicit folder name that is used by default to construct the URL.

Another cause could be your page is not routable. The routable option for a page can be set in the page headers.

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