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301 Redirects Issue with Sub Pages

7:15 pm on Jan 12, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I'm having a lot of trouble getting 301 redirects to work for a site update. It's very odd. I'm hoping someone here might have the answer.

Many of the 301's work just fine. The problem is with old pages that are sub-pages of a parent. For example I might have something like this:

Redirect 301 /cars/ [mydomain.com...]
Redirect 301 /cars/ford/ [mydomain.com...]
Redirect 301 /cars/lexus/ [mydomain.com...]

It fails to redirect. I have tried removing the '/' from the first one as I thought it was treating it as a folder and affecting all the following redirects. That didn't work.

I've spent hours on this and can't seem to find an answer for the correct syntax when sub-pages are involved. The above are all individual pages and I'd like each treating separately and not to affect subsequent 301s.

BTW, this is for a WordPress site - if that makes a difference. The only other thing in the .htaccess other than the many redirects is the following:

# BEGIN WordPress
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]

# END WordPress

Anyone know how to handle sub-pages?
9:26 pm on Jan 12, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I still don't know what went wrong here, but I think it may be a conflict with a WP plugin. I've done a workaround and just 301'd the incorrect redirects. Not exactly ideal, but it works.
9:39 pm on Jan 12, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Do not use Redirect or RedirectMatch.

Use only RewriteRule and place the new rules before the wordpress code.

Use example.com in code examples to suppress URL auto-linking.

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