Improve Performance of mod_rewrite

After getting Pretty Links enabled, I wanted to find out more about .htaccess. I was surprised to see the following:

In general, you should never use .htaccess files unless you don’t have access to the main server configuration file.

So I’ve edited /etc/apache2/httpd.conf to be

<Directory /var/www/wordpress> 
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c> 
        RewriteEngine On 
        RewriteBase /wordpress/ 
        RewriteRule ^index.php$ - [L] 
        RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f 
        RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d 
        RewriteRule . /wordpress/index.php [L] 

I also removed the .htaccess from /var/www/wordpress. I tested the site after an apache restart and had no problems. Here is to better performance.