Need help in .htaccess?

Reply Wed 22 Oct, 2008 08:07 pm
Hi guys.
Recently, I changed my forum directory from the main site directory to a sub directory. It was www.mysite.net and now www.mysite.net/vb
For Example: I currently have


and I need this to got to


Can someone please let me know the syntax for this...also which directory should the htaccess file be uploaded into the root or the /vb directory..

Unfortunately, all the pages that was indexed in Google has the old link, and when someone trying to accessing my website from there he will got the old links Sad. And now Google didn't crawl my page that much, not like before, and I don't know why?
If you guys recommend for me to return to the old link (without the /vb) I will do that. at least Google was crawling my page Usually.
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Robert Gentel
Reply Wed 22 Oct, 2008 10:27 pm
Do you want only those urls redirected or all urls? e.g. would index.php redirect to /vb/index.php?
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Nick Ashley
Reply Wed 22 Oct, 2008 10:34 pm
Sorry, I don't have time to lookup the exactly syntax, and I don't have all these things memorized. I can get you headed in the right direction though.

First off, I can tell you the .htaccess file will need to be in the root directory, not the vb directory.

You will then need to make a rewriterule for each page. I believe this will work:
Code:RewriteRule showthread.php /vb/showthread.php [QSA,R=301]

If my memory is correct, this will work. The first argument (showthread.php) is what you are checking the URL against. If it matches, you send them to the second argument (/vb/showthread.php).

Lastly, you have two flags added to the end. The QSA stands for 'query string attached' and it should ensure everything after the question mark gets passed along. The second flag, R=301 tells the browser to do a permanent redirect to the new location.

Again, all this advice is out of memory, so I'm not 100% sure it will work. If not, let me know and I'll look up a proper solution when I have the time.
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Nick Ashley
Reply Wed 22 Oct, 2008 10:35 pm
... I see Robert came while I was writing my reply. If I am wrong, he will be able to help as well. He has been in htaccess files quite a bit...
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Reply Thu 23 Oct, 2008 03:37 am
Thank you very much guys I really appreciate your help.
I was looking for a solution for a weak, and I finally found it Smile.
The new .htaccess file I made is:

Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine on
RewriteRule showthread.php /vb/showthread.php [QSA,R=301]
RewriteRule showpost.php /vb/showpost.php [QSA,R=301]
ErrorDocument 404 http://mysite.net/404.html
ErrorDocument 403 http://mysite.net/404.html
ErrorDocument 401 http://mysite.net/404.html

and now it's working very well.
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