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Category: xhtml

Survey for People Who Make Websites

July 29th, 2008

Its that time again. Time for the web design industry survey from A List Apart.

Last April, A List Apart asked

Designers, developers, project managers. Writers and editors. Information architects and usability specialists. People who make websites have been at it for more than a dozen years, yet almost nothing is known, statistically, about our profession. Who are we? Where do we live? What are our titles, our skills, our educational backgrounds? Where and with whom do we work? What do we earn? What do we value?

This year they are at it again.

Calling all designers, developers, information architects, project managers, writers, editors, marketers, and everyone else who makes websites. It is time once again to pool our information so as to begin sketching a true picture of the way our profession is practiced worldwide.

So get on over to A List Apart and take the survey.

I TOOK IT. And so should you.

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.