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After a site redesign, I've got a couple of pages that need to be redirected. Everything is staying on the same domain, just a couple of things have been reorganised and/or renamed. They are of the form:


is now:


Using the .htaccess file, I've added this line, which is the one I find recommended most:

RedirectMatch 301 /contact.php /contact-us.php

This is mostly fine - it does the job - the problem is, it also redirects:

  • /team1/contact.php
  • /non-existant-folder/contact.php

Is there a way of specifying that I only want to redirect the contact.php in the root?



RedirectMatch uses a regular expression that is matched against the URL path. And your regular expression /contact.php just means any URL path that contains /contact.php but not just any URL path that is exactly /contact.php. So use the anchors for the start and end of the string (^ and $):

RedirectMatch 301 ^/contact.php$ /contact-us.php
Wednesday, November 30, 2022


RewriteEngine on
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteRule ^(.+)$ /index.php?page=$1 [L]
Wednesday, August 17, 2022

I used these and It seems work fine :

DirectoryIndex index.php
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
#RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule ^users/?$ /index.php?qa=users [R=301,L]
RewriteRule ^tags/?$ /index.php?qa=tags [R=301,L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/qa-theme/.*
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/qa-content/.*
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/analytic/.*
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/qa-plugin/.*
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/help_files/.*
RewriteRule ^(.*)/(.*)/?$ /index.php?qa=$1&qa_1=$2 [R=301,L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/qa-theme/.*
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/qa-content/.*
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/analytic/.*
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/qa-plugin/.*
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/help_files/.*
RewriteRule ^(.*)/(.*)/(.*)/?$ /index.php?qa=$1&qa_1=$2&qa_2=$3 [R=301,L]
# Redirect non-www to www:
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www. [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.%{HTTP_HOST}/$1 [R=301,L]
Redirect 301 /math/

Monday, August 1, 2022

You will need to know something about the URLs, like do they have a specific directory or some query string element because you have to match for something. Otherwise you will have to redirect on the 404. If this is what is required then do something like this in your .htaccess:

ErrorDocument 404 /index.php

An error page redirect must be relative to root so you cannot use

If you have a pattern to match too then use 301 instead of 302 because 301 is permanent and 302 is temporary. A 301 will get the old URLs removed from the search engines and the 302 will not.

Mod Rewrite Reference:

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Most of the major search engines (including Google) are rendering the content they receive from the website, in our (Google's) case with something close to a headless browser, so whatever you do for the users the search engines will also get it. Serving different stuff to search engines however will get you into a dangerous area, named cloaking.

Hiding the content with a display:none might backfire on you. We are giving hidden content way less weight in ranking.

Friday, October 21, 2022
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