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htaccess to redirect www & retain dirs



3:56 am on Jan 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I have an issue with Google indexing some pages as:
instead of:

The software, with .htaccess, rewrites category.php as a directory based on the requested category name, like so:
Then for products, the same idea:

Ok, here's what I have currently in htaccess:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^main/([^/]*)([/]*)$ /category.php?cid=$1
RewriteRule ^main/([^/]*)/([^/]*)([/]*)$ /product.php?cid=$1&uid=$2

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^mydomain\.com
RewriteRule ^(.*) [mydomain.com...] [L,R=301]

With this setup, a request for:
redirects to:

Is there a way to preserve the structure? E.g.

For now, as a workaround, I've simply put a META Robots noindex dynamically on pages accessed in the last format shown above.

Any ideas?
Thanks in advance.


3:58 am on Jan 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member jdmorgan is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

You should put the domain redirection rule first, so that it does not expose your internal rewrites.

Also, only one instance of "RewriteEngine on" is needed per .htaccess file.



5:01 am on Jan 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

Thanks, that works perfect. I was hoping it would be something simple :)

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