.htaccess, URL rewriting using mod_rewrite

Mod_rewrite is available on all web hosting packages

Simple redirection

  • Edit the .htaccess file:
RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule .* testing.php

This code redirects each request to the testing.php script.

  • or:
RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule letstest /test_wslash/testing.php

This code redirects each /letstest request to the /test_wslash/testing.php script.

Redirect example.com to www.example.com

  • This restricts website access to www.example.com, which is good for SEO:
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^example.com$
RewriteRule ^(.*) http://www.example.com/$1 [QSA,L,R=301]

Redirect to a particular folder without displaying the folder in question

  • If your website is not in the target folder, this will force all requests to use www.example.com, when in reality the page is called: ww.example.com/MySite
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^example.com
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/MySite
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /MySite/

URL rewriting

mod_rewrite enables URL rewriting

  • .htaccess :
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !testing.php
RewriteRule (.*) testing.php?var=$1

These rules run the testing.php script with the GET variable containing the URL.

  • php:
print("testing server <br/>\n");
print("var: {$_GET['var']}\n");

Automatically redirect visitors to SSL when they visit the unsecured version of the website

The mod_rewrite module enables you to rewrite URLs.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://www.example.com/$1 [R,L]

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