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Category: SEO

Redirect directory to index page

July 1st, 2008

I was recently asked by a client to redirect all pages in a directory to the directory index page. They were ending a co-branding service with another company. What they wanted was to keep only a re-worked index page in the directory as being visible, but not show people who may have bookmarked other pages in this directory the 404 page.

I searched and searched Google for this and couldn’t find exactly how to do this via .htaccess anywhere. I found similar information, such as how to redirect from directory to directory, but not how to redirect all pages to just one page in the same directory. After some trial and many errors, I figured it out.

So here I post my .htaccess for posterity, and my own need. Hope this helps others as well.

RewriteEngine On
# don't redirect .css, .jpeg, .jpg, .png or .gif extensions
# the extensions are separated by a pipe ("|")
RewriteRule \.(css|jpe?g|png|gif)$ - [L]
# if the request isn't for index.php then
# redirect to index.php
RewriteRule !^index\.php$ /index.php [R=301,L]

**NOTE: if this is a temporary redirect, you can substitute this for the last line:

RewriteRule !^index\.php$ /index.php [L]

The line RewriteRule \.(css|jpe?g|png|gif)$ - [L] is used so that image and css calls are not redirected.

So basically this will take any page called for in and redirect it to as long as the .htaccess file is in the /something directory.

April 30th, 2008

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