.htaccess is an apache configuration file. At Savvii we run nginx as webserver, which is why you will not see .htaccess files by default, and using .htaccess files you have uploaded yourself will not work.
Are there any matters you would like to handle through an .htaccess? Please let us know, and we will set it up for you. It might take you a little longer, but at least you will have a second opinion on whether the solution you chose is the most sensible one.