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need to redirect /?SelectTopic=* to /

 4:45 am on Jul 22, 2011 (gmt 0)


I'm sure this is a really simple thing, but i need to redirect all pages that begin with:


to /.

A range of the urls in question include:


What's the best way to do this please in apache htaccess?




 12:33 am on Jul 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

Can anyone help me with this please?


 12:53 am on Jul 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

There's a recent thread on this:


Query strings are the most common questions in this forum, multiple times each week.

There are thousands of examples in the archives.


 1:03 am on Jul 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

Hi wilderness, yes I appreciate that.

I;ve tried so many things, but these just do my head head, I can;t wrap my head round it at all I'm afraid....


 1:14 am on Jul 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

I think we're still trying to figure out what you mean. Are you trying to change certain query strings, or redirect them to a fixed url, or, or, or...?

And what's that Google Analytics string (gclid) doing in the middle of the examples?


 1:34 am on Jul 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

ok, my apologies Lucy. I need all of those to redirect to /

Essentially, these have all been indexed by google and I need to get rid of the duplicate content.

The GA string was just in the list of urls indexed.


 2:53 am on Jul 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

Are you redirecting to your main page or to the index page of a directory called something like /select/ ?

RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^Select [NC]

will get you everything that has ?Select or ?select at the beginning of the query. Where (in English) do you want to send them? Does the ?Select query currently come attached to many different urls (looking only at the non-query part) or is the "real" url always the same?


 3:09 am on Jul 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

I want to redirect everything with ?Select to the home page.


 3:28 am on Jul 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

To get rid of the query string:

RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^Select [NC]
RewriteRule .+ http://www.example.com/? [R=301,L]

Question mark followed by nothing means get rid of the query.

To keep the query string:

RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^Select [NC]
RewriteCond {something here} !^/(index.[a-z]+)?$
RewriteRule .+ http://www.example.com/ [R=301,L]

No question mark means keep the query unchanged.

{something here} means I don't remember exactly what it's called so you can jolly well look it up yourself [httpd.apache.org]-- and fix the wording while you're at it. The point here is that if you're redirecting to the front page and keeping the query string, you have to exclude the ones that are already asking for the front page or it will keep redirecting forever.

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