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Help fix my redundant .htaccess :)

 2:05 pm on Apr 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

Is there anyway I can make this less redundant:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule anime-websites ?index.php&category=1 [NC]
RewriteRule Allods-Online ?index.php&category=61 [NC]
RewriteRule dragonica ?index.php&category=60 [NC]
RewriteRule gaming-websites ?index.php&category=2 [NC]
RewriteRule grand-theft-auto ?index.php&category=3 [NC]
RewriteRule the-sims ?index.php&category=4 [NC]
RewriteRule Battlefield ?index.php&category=5 [NC]
RewriteRule Call-Of-Duty ?index.php&category=6 [NC]
RewriteRule Counter-Strike ?index.php&category=7 [NC]
RewriteRule Doom ?index.php&category=8 [NC]
RewriteRule FarCry ?index.php&category=9 [NC]
RewriteRule Half-Life ?index.php&category=10 [NC]
RewriteRule Unreal-Tournament ?index.php&category=11 [NC]
RewriteRule Nintendo-Wii ?index.php&category=12 [NC]
RewriteRule PlayStation ?index.php&category=13 [NC]
RewriteRule PSP ?index.php&category=14 [NC]
RewriteRule xBox ?index.php&category=15 [NC]
RewriteRule Aion-Online ?index.php&category=16 [NC]
RewriteRule Cabal-Online ?index.php&category=17 [NC]
RewriteRule Conquer-Online ?index.php&category=18 [NC]
RewriteRule Dark-Age-of-Camelot ?index.php&category=19 [NC]
RewriteRule Dekaron ?index.php&category=20 [NC]
RewriteRule EverQuest ?index.php&category=21 [NC]
RewriteRule Final-Fantasy ?index.php&category=22 [NC]
RewriteRule Flyff-Online ?index.php&category=23 [NC]
RewriteRule Grand-Chase ?index.php&category=24 [NC]
RewriteRule Guild-Wars ?index.php&category=25 [NC]
RewriteRule Gunbound ?index.php&category=26 [NC]
RewriteRule Helbreath ?index.php&category=27 [NC]
RewriteRule Jade-Dynasty ?index.php&category=28 [NC]
RewriteRule Kal-Online ?index.php&category=29 [NC]
RewriteRule Knight-Online ?index.php&category=30 [NC]
RewriteRule Legend-of-Mir ?index.php&category=31 [NC]
RewriteRule Lineage2 ?index.php&category=32 [NC]
RewriteRule Luna-Online ?index.php&category=33 [NC]
RewriteRule MapleStory ?index.php&category=34 [NC]
RewriteRule Matrix-Online ?index.php&category=35 [NC]
RewriteRule MMORPG-&-MPOG ?index.php&category=36 [NC]
RewriteRule Mu-Online ?index.php&category=37 [NC]




 3:22 pm on Apr 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

Only by rewriting it all to a php script that pulls the appropriate category number and slaps it in place in the pattern. If so, you can make a single RewriteRule that grabs any extensionless request. Last thing in the php will then be to serve up a 404 to anything that wasn't on the list.

All those rewrites should have an [L] flag instead of-- not in addition to-- the [NC]. The [NC] is fine when you're issuing a Redirect, in fact it can be good, but you don't want it when rewriting. It puts you face to face with the Duplicate Content demon.

The only exception to [L] is if there will be further Rewrites after this batch. But that's a pretty awful possibility.


 3:23 pm on Apr 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

The leading ? on the target path is concerning.

Surely you mean
/index.php?category=1 here?

Every rule should have the [L] flag.

Are you sure you want the NC flag? It means that URL requests of any case will return content - Duplicate Content.

Ah. We're almost in agreement. :)

The rewrite to a special PHP script to sort out what was requested is only useful when that special script is going to send a redirect response, i.e. it's of no use in this thread.


 11:48 pm on Apr 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

I also had another problem, when ever I went to a Rewritten url e.g "example.com/?index.php&cat=13" = "example.com/game-list", whenever I went to another URL that wasn't in .htaccess it went from the Rewritten URL I was on and added the unwritten one at the end. e.g I surfing "example.com/game-list" and click the register link (which isn't in .htaccess) and it takes me to "example.com/game-list?register.php" which wont exist.


 12:32 am on Apr 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

:: peering into crystal ball ::

You've got relative links on your pages. Can't do that if you're rewriting.


 1:24 am on Apr 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

All links to other parts of the site should start with a leading slash and include the full path to the resource or page.

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