I just setup a Backdrop site on NameCheap. I would like to eliminate query script (?q=) from the URL. The NameCheap hosting is shared so there is very limited access to the server. I tried putting random characters in the .htaccess file but that didn't seem to change the server behavior which led me to believe the use of the .htaccess file was not enabled.
I wrote to NameCheap about the problem. They replied: "According to our check, the URL structure is not related to our server-side settings. The URL structure may be fixed by changing the permalink structure settings in the script of your CMS. We suggest you contact the CMS developer to assist you with changing the permalink structure.". Does the "permalink structure" have any relevance to clean urls?
Any thoughts would be appreciated.