Limitations of .htaccess

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  1. jacobmartin

    jacobmartin Newbie

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    Hello All, I have a query.
    I have 2 lists of URLs.
    1st list is to be redirected (301 redirection) to the 2nd list. (There are more than 1000 URLs in both the list)
    My 1st query: What is the maximum no of URL redirections (301) that can be done in a .htaccess file?
    My 2nd query: How many .htaccess files can I use in a directory, If I have to perform both 2 operations (404 and 301 redirections)?


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  2. sunny_clicks

    sunny_clicks Regular Member

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    1: Technically there is no limit to the number of redirects you can do through Htaccess file. However do check if it affects the load time(some hosting providers put artificial limits)
    2: Having just one Htaccess in the root is advisable and you can put in your codes for both redirects.
     
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    davids355 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    No limit - I had a site once with a good few thousand lines in htaccess and it didnt cause any issues.
    Having said that, there are potentially better ways of doing it - if the old and new urls follow any sort of pattern then you can probably use some regex to do it in less lines.

    I am not an expert on that but you can normally find how to do it on Google.
     
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