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I'm in HTACCESS RuleRewrite hell, please send water

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by nonchessguy, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. nonchessguy

    nonchessguy Registered Member

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    Hi all,

    I'm near the end of my rope but before I tie it into a noose I thought I'd reach out for help. :)

    I have set up my article system to show SEO friendly URL's and I need to use a RewriteRule to let the server know which file to deliver when the user clicks the link.

    I always learn by example but I haven't been able to figure this one out.

    This is what I have:

    This is how the link looks:
    Code:
    http://www.exampleonly.net/news/foreclosure/787/this-is-the-new-article.html
    This where it needs to look:
    Code:
    http://www.exampleonly.net/news.php?x=foreclosure&article=787
    This is my entire .htaccess file:
    Code:
    Options +FollowSymLinks
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteRule ^news/foreclosure/([0-9][0-9])/([A-Za-z0-9-]+).html$ /news.php?x=foreclosure&article=1$
    I don't want to confuse you or make you think that I'm completely confused, (unless I really am just way out there), so let me just say that where it has the ([A-Za-z0-9]+) this is the SEO friendly article title that's pulled from the database like all the other elements. I don't need it in the rewrite because the article number is what is used to identify the article.

    Please help or I will lay down in front of the lawnmower like that guy in "The Happening". If you've never seen the movie then don't; it's just an hour and a half of bad filmaking with a moderately high gore factor.

    Thanks,

    JD
     
  2. tp1313

    tp1313 Newbie

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    lol, wish I could help as I know the feeling.
     
  3. zone69

    zone69 Junior Member

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    Try this and see if it works for you.

    Code:
    Options +FollowSymLinks
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteRule ^news/foreclosure/([0-9]+)/([A-Za-z0-9-]+).html$ /news.php?x=foreclosure&article=$1 [NC,L]
    
    If you want the address in the address bar to show the redirected URL then change the [NC,L] to [NC,R].

    Hope that helps you out
     
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  4. nonchessguy

    nonchessguy Registered Member

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    Thanks Zone! I had my head in the oven when my email alert sounded. Glad I checked!

    This is the final code after playing with yours for a while...
    Code:
    RewriteRule ^([a-zA-Z]+)/foreclosure/([0-9]+)/([a-zA-Z0-9\-_.]+)\.html$ $1.php?x=foreclosure&article=$2&$3 [NC,L]
    For some reason I kept getting a 500 error when I had an abandoned variable so I just dumped it at the end.

    Thanks again for your help! Rep added.

    David