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Redirect help

 11:45 pm on Mar 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

Ok, Simply:

I want domain.com/1/ to direct to domain.com/2/

but also domain.com/1/subdir.php to redirect to domain.com/2/subdir.php

and domain.com/1/blah.jpg to redirect to domain.com/2/blah.jpg

So on and so forth.

I'd be very greatful if you could help me.



 1:22 am on Mar 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

Come on... I chose this forum as it was active ( I thought )


 2:50 am on Mar 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

Hmm. 97 minutes must be a record for a "write my code for me NOW" post in this forum.

Do you really mean "redirect"? Are you sure? (The other choice is "rewrite").

What code have you tried? There are at least twenty thousand threads with redirect examples in this forum.

There's an emphasis here, on YOU learning to code this stuff with help. There isn't a free code writing service that works to your calling.

As it is ten to three in the morning here (sunrise in three hours), I'm off to bed.


 3:09 am on Mar 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

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 1:40 pm on Mar 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

Bamp. Don't bother replying if you're gonna be a jerk-ass like the #*$!twits above. If you don't know the answer to my question, it's fine, just move on.


 4:38 pm on Mar 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

The OP must have disabled his forum search facility, or maybe didn't actually read the posts above. Sad, really.


 5:43 pm on Mar 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

It's quite typical of newcomers in this forum (and most others at Webmaster World) to NOT take the time to read TOS, Individual Forum Charters, or individual forum libraries, the later two of which provide accumulated answers to the most frequently asked questions (such as this OP).

BTW, this is one of the simplest redirects/rewrites for any webmaster, there are literally tens of thousands of references available (not just here at Webmaster World).


 6:25 pm on Mar 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

Heeh. To the OP's credit, he did use domain.com and not his actual domain.


 6:43 pm on Mar 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

From his POV, another mistake?


 12:44 pm on Mar 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

The important question --and one that is so far unanswered-- is whether an external redirect or an internal rewrite is required, and secondarily, whether the different search ranking effects of these two approaches has been considered (or is even recognized).

Using a redirect when an internal rewrite is more appropriate will result in loss of search ranking -- anywhere from a few days up to many, many months. So the "answer" is not at all just a simple matter of posting one to three lines of code...



 11:38 pm on Apr 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

Am I right to conclude that from the OP question it is not possible to detect whether they would need external redirect or internal rewrite?

I believe I understand the difference quite well, but g1smd answer threw me a bit.

Without extra background information, that is, without knowing whether the OP wants to serve the previously existing resource under a new URL or they just want for the existing URL to grab a different resource on the server it is not possible to conclude whether the external redirect is required or internal rewrite. Or am I missing something?

EG. If I have a resource that on the server can be found under a dynamic URL (actual path/filename/params) www.example.com/somepage.php?someparam=something and I want to serve this resource under a "friendly" URL www.example.com/something-new then:

1. External requests for a dynamic URL should respond with 301 redirect to the new "friendly" URL
2. External requests for "friendly" URL would be internally rewritten to dynamic URL in order to serve the resource (where the URL the client/browser requested remains the requested "friendly" URL in the address bar)

Throwing in a third possibility, where there is an "old" "friendly" URL for this resource, which I want to replace with a new "friendly" URL then:

3. External request for the old "friendly" URL should respond with 301 to a new "friendly" URL


 12:30 am on Apr 29, 2011 (gmt 0)

Yes, those things are true as you have stated them, but sometimes people have
- moved the content around in the server to different folders and want to continue using the old URLs,
- moved the content around in the server to different folders have new URLs for everything and want to redirect traffic asking for old URLs to the new URLs,
- have the same content inside the server, but want a new URL scheme to access that content, with redirects from the old URLs to the new URLs,
- and a myriad of other combinations.

Sometimes it is just .php/.html extensions involved, other times there are parameters and/or SEF URLs too.

The original question was unclear. People often put rewrite when they mean redirect, and vice versa so it is not worth trying to guess.

The main problem was simply posting a question at a quarter to midnight and then demanding a response just 97 minutes later.

It would have taken way less than half of that time in order to find the answer in a previous thread in this forum.


 1:11 am on Apr 29, 2011 (gmt 0)

Thanks for your response and clarification - and it arrived in 52 min ;-)

Your various examples are valid but I tend to look at this very simplistically:

- After the request - should the URL you see in the browser change (needs redirect)
- Or URL in the browser should stay the same, but the content is coming from a physical server path/filename/params not equal to URL requested (needs internal rewrite)

Now, to set this up to work properly is a different matter!


 4:51 pm on Apr 29, 2011 (gmt 0)

Yes, those are perfectly good explanations of what happens.

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