#Apache: avoid using .htaccess files completely

.htaccess files are read on every request.

You should avoid using .htaccess files completely if you have access to httpd main server config file. Using .htaccess files slows down your Apache http server. Any directive that you can include in a .htaccess file is better set in a Directory block, as it will have the same effect with better performance.

http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.4/howto/htaccess.html