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The Apache Web Server provides a couple ways to issue 301 Redirects from within .htaccess or httpd.conf files.

When do you need a 301 Redirect?

  • When you change your domain name
  • When you change a URL
  • When external links pointing to your site or pages are old or invalid

301 Redirects using mod_alias

Using mod_alias we have access to these directives: Redirect, RedirectMatch, RedirectPermanent, and RedirectTemp. You only need to know that RedirectMatch allows pattern matching and Redirect is only for a single file.

301 Redirects using Redirect

Redirect 301 /2007/webmaster/custom-phpini-with-fastcgi-on-dreamhost.html
Redirect 301 /2007/phpbb/sending-post-form-data-with-php-curl.html
Redirect 301 /htaccess.txt /wp-content/uploads/p/htaccess.txt
Redirect 301 /2007/webmaster/php-and-ajax-shell-console.html
Redirect 301 /2007/webmaster/custom-phpini-with-fastcgi-on-dreamhost.html

301 Redirects using RedirectMatch

RedirectMatch 301 ^/(.*).htm$$1.html
RedirectMatch 301 ^/200([0-9])/([^01])(.*)$$2$3
RedirectMatch 301 ^/category/(.*)$$1
RedirectMatch 301 ^/(.*)/htaccesselite-ultimate-htaccess-article.html(.*)
RedirectMatch 301 ^/(.*).html/1/(.*)$1.html$2
RedirectMatch 301 ^/manual/(.*)$$1
RedirectMatch 301 ^/dreamweaver/(.*)$$1
RedirectMatch 301 ^/z/(.*)$$1

301 Redirects with mod_rewrite

mod_rewrite is a powerful Apache module, and you should read more about it before you cause a problem.

301 Redirects using mod_rewrite

RewriteRule .*$1 [R=301,L]

RewriteRule ^(.*).html([^c]+)comment-(.+)$$1.html#comment-$3 [R=301,L,NE]


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