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it is probably a stupid question, but I have real troubles figuring out, how to redirect

/products to /products/item

It is a simple redirect, no regex needed. The toplevel site /products should just always redirect to /products/item

I tried:

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RedirectMatch 301 /products(.*) /products/item/$1

I receive the error, that the webserver is redirecting in an infinite loop. That might be because of the rest of the htaccess file. Which looks like that:

# Custom Rules
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RedirectMatch 301 /products(.*) /products/item/$1

# BEGIN WordPress
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]

# END WordPress

But the strangest thing: When I load the page, I get the error. When I then hit reload, it works???

Thanks for your help! ole

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

If you just want to redirect /products to /products/item, this should work:

RedirectMatch 301 ^/products/?$ /products/item

The ^ and $ characters anchor the regular expression to the beginning and end of the path, so that it won't match /foo/products or /products/bar. The /? allows it to match both /products and /products/; you can remove it if you don't want that.

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perfect, thanks! – ole_berlin Feb 8 '12 at 16:13

The (.*) after products is what's causing the loop. It redirects /products/something to /products/item/something, but then that has to be redirected to /products/item/item/something etc.

You need to exclude item so this may work:

RedirectMatch 301 /products/(?!^item)(.*) /products/item/$1

This means redirect /products/something except something beginning /products/item.

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Thank you, but I don't want to redirect /products/something, I want to redirect /products/ one level deeper to /products/item . Any thoughts on that? – ole_berlin Feb 8 '12 at 15:36
I thought that because you had the (.*) and the $1 in your file. That's what they are there for. In that case Ilmari's answer is what you need. – paulmorriss Feb 8 '12 at 15:56

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