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Posted 17 September 2012 - 10:02 AM

Need some assistance as I have crawled, trolled and search google almost endlessly for 3 days now.

I need to redirect a lot of pages through .htaccess.

Now searching through google pretty much all I found is people trying to redirect their old domain name to their new one.

My problem though... I am not changing domains, I am changing the site.
Now the old site is still a good old fashioned html site done through dreamweaver, and I have now taken it to Joomla 2.5.

What I need to do is redirect around 70-80 pages using the 301 redirct rule. So in other words:
www.mysite.com/page-1.html is now changing to www.mysite.com/category/page1

Now in the past it use to work this way:
//301 Redirect Old File
Redirect 301 www.mysite.com/page-1.html www.mysite.com/category/page1
//301 Redirect Old File
Redirect 301 www.mysite.com/page-2.html www.mysite.com/category/page2

Reading through the new .htaccess file that comes with joomla 2.5 it seems like this has changed and for the life of me can't figgure out what they mean.

Right at the bottom of this post is the full htaccess file but ill just extract the bit I dont get.

## Begin - Custom redirects
#
# If you need to redirect some pages, or set a canonical non-www to
# www redirect (or vice versa), place that code here. Ensure those
# redirects use the correct RewriteRule syntax and the [R=301,L] flags.
#
## End - Custom redirects

Now the way I see it they want me to add the correct [R=301,L] flags and that my dear friends is what is confusing the hell out of me at the moment.

Some people have suggested on other sites to leave it and google will pick up the changes on its own and in a few weeks your hits and rankings will be good again... This I believe is bullshit and bad practice

I have between 4000-6000 external sites linking in and I can't afford people that get pointed to my site to get a nasty 404 error, or to just be pointed to the home page. So that is the big reason why I need to get all the old pages permanently redirected.

Any help will be greatly appreciated, and if I am being stupid then please tell me...


##
# ( at )package        Joomla
# ( at )copyright    Copyright (C) 2005 - 2012 Open Source Matters. All rights reserved.
# ( at )license        GNU General Public License version 2 or later; see LICENSE.txt
##

##
# READ THIS COMPLETELY IF YOU CHOOSE TO USE THIS FILE!
#
# The line just below this section: 'Options +FollowSymLinks' may cause problems
# with some server configurations.  It is required for use of mod_rewrite, but may already
# be set by your server administrator in a way that dissallows changing it in
# your .htaccess file.  If using it causes your server to error out, comment it out (add # to
# beginning of line), reload your site in your browser and test your sef url's.  If they work,
# it has been set by your server administrator and you do not need it set here.
##

## Can be commented out if causes errors, see notes above.
Options +FollowSymLinks

## Mod_rewrite in use.

RewriteEngine On

## Begin - Rewrite rules to block out some common exploits.
# If you experience problems on your site block out the operations listed below
# This attempts to block the most common type of exploit `attempts` to Joomla!
#
# Block out any script trying to base64_encode data within the URL.
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} base64_encode[^(]*\([^)]*\) [OR]
# Block out any script that includes a <script> tag in URL.
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} (<|%3C)([^s]*s)+cript.*(>|%3E) [NC,OR]
# Block out any script trying to set a PHP GLOBALS variable via URL.
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} GLOBALS(=|\[|\%[0-9A-Z]{0,2}) [OR]
# Block out any script trying to modify a _REQUEST variable via URL.
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} _REQUEST(=|\[|\%[0-9A-Z]{0,2})
# Return 403 Forbidden header and show the content of the root homepage
RewriteRule .* index.php [F]
#
## End - Rewrite rules to block out some common exploits.

## Begin - Custom redirects
#
# If you need to redirect some pages, or set a canonical non-www to
# www redirect (or vice versa), place that code here. Ensure those
# redirects use the correct RewriteRule syntax and the [R=301,L] flags.
#
## End - Custom redirects

##
# Uncomment following line if your webserver's URL
# is not directly related to physical file paths.
# Update Your Joomla! Directory (just / for root).
##

# RewriteBase /

## Begin - Joomla! core SEF Section.
#
RewriteRule .* - [E=HTTP_AUTHORIZATION:%{HTTP:Authorization}]
#
# If the requested path and file is not /index.php and the request
# has not already been internally rewritten to the index.php script
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/index\.php
# and the request is for something within the component folder,
# or for the site root, or for an extensionless URL, or the
# requested URL ends with one of the listed extensions
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} /component/|(/[^.]*|\.(php|html?|feed|pdf|vcf|raw))$ [NC]
# and the requested path and file doesn't directly match a physical file
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
# and the requested path and file doesn't directly match a physical folder
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
# internally rewrite the request to the index.php script
RewriteRule .* index.php [L]
#
## End - Joomla! core SEF Section.



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