A URL rewrite engine is software that modifies a web URL's appearance (URL rewriting). Rewritten URLs (sometimes known as short, fancy URLs, or search engine friendly - SEF) are used to provide shorter and more relevant-looking links to web pages. The technique adds a degree of separation between ...

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Remove extension from URL using a rewrite without resulting in a redirect loop

On the server, I have a file (on the filesystem) called page.html, which I want to be accessed as site.com/page So if someone goes to site.com/page.html, it should 301 redirect to site.com/page I've ...
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Is it bad to use Japanese characters in search-friendly URLs?

I'm new to SEO and I'm implementing SEO-friendly URLs in my site. The code works perfectly, however I would like to know if using Japanese characters (Kanji / Hiragana / Katakana) in the URL affects ...
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SEO - reducing URL length

Take a recent question: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/6479771/properties-of-inner-exception-are-disposed Instead of having an integer, if we base 36 encode the question ID we get 3uvtn, cutting ...
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Site-wide redirect with Tomcat4

Disclaimer: My webmastering experience is almost nil. Apologies if anything seems ignorant - if it sounds that way, it probably is. My employer is in the middle of switching over from one version of ...
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What HTTP header code does URL-Rewrite return?

If I used the native URL-Rewrite module to rewrite (not redirect) a URL, does it return 302, 301, or 200? Is this method OK to use for a permanent URL rewrite? Here is sample code for the redirect: ...
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Google Analytics Campaigns - cleanup URL after arriving to webpage?

After visitor lands to my webpage using campaign url: http://www.mydomain.com?utm_source=signature&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=myname Is it possible to do a rewrite to ...
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Redirect www to non-www using Apache htaccess does not work

I have this in my .htaccess (modified from the default Drupal .htaccess): RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.website.com\.com$ [NC] RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://website.com/$1 [L,R=301] In theory this ...
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Can people's names be added to a URL slug

On webpages generated from user generated content, I create slugs for the URLs based on the title (just like stackoverflow does): http://www.example.com/photo/day_at_park If there's more than one ...
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How to create .htaccess to block access to a subdirectory that hosts a separate domain

So I am pretty noob at with creating code in .htaccess, but I know it is what I need to accomplish a pretty simple task. So here is what I want to do. I have a main domain, (me.com), and I am hosting ...
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Which URL format is better? domain.com/[id]/title OR domain.com/title/[id].html [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: SEO : urls : best place for the id My site uses URL rewriting in both formats (for different things), but I'm wondering which one is the better approach? ...
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How to track subdomains with Google Analytics while having mod_rewrite redirect to a subdomain?

When users come directly to domain.com or www.domain.com, I am redirecting them to shop.domain.com via this .htaccess rewrite: RewriteEngine on RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.domain.com$ [OR] ...
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Can I redirect a root site under IIS to a subdirectory, without affecting other applications?

I'm running IIS 7.5 on Windows Server 2008R2. I currently run a site at the root of mydomain.edu. I also have a variety of applications (e.g., mydomain.edu/calendar, mydomain.edu/research, ...
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multiple IPs/webservers, single domain

Our main website is on a Windows server. We're migrating our Blogger blog to WordPress and I think I want to use a Linux-based webhost instead of our Windows server for this, just because I understand ...
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Wild card redirect in htaccess giving error this webpage has a redirect loop

In my website I changed the directory name "vehicles-cars" to "vehicles-cars-for-sale". When I tried to redirect using a wild card redirect from my old directory name to new directory name in my web ...
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Removing .html and index.html from URL

I'm having some problems trying to Remove the .html extension from URLs Removing 'index.html' from an URL 1) To remove the extension I have tried using this in my htaccess file. RewriteEngine on ...
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Rewrite for robots.txt and favicon.ico

I have setup some rules in which subdomains (my users) will default to where I have located the robots.txt, favicon.ico, and crossdomain.xml therefore if a user creates a site say ...
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URL rewrite from www.domain.com/subdirectory to http://domain.com/subdirectory

I need a solution for the following problem: I use a CMS and want the backend only be available at http://domain.com/backend and not at http://www.domain.com/backend. How do I have to change my ...
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Clean URLs without PHP file extension

I want to make my URLs clean, for example: http://sample.com/about-me instead of: http://sample.com/about-me.php This is my code: RewriteEngine On RewriteBase / RewriteCond ...
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Naked domain to “www” redirect in Windows Server 2008

I have a Windows server. I have several websites hosted on my server. Currently, I can only visit these websites if I include "www" (e.g., www.techtint.com). I want the naked form of the URL to ...
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How do I use IIS7 rewrite to redirect requests for (HTTP or HTTPS):// (www or no-www) .domainaliases.ext to HTTPS://maindomain.ext

I have multiple domain names assigned to the same site and I want all possible access combinations redirected to one domain. In other words whether the visitor uses http://domainalias.ext or ...
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URL rewriting via forward proxy

I have an app that runs inside my firewall and talks out to multiple end points via HTTP/HTTPS on a non-standard port e.g. http://endpoint1.domain.com:7171, http://endpoint2.domain.com:7171 What I ...
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URL rewrite and domain frame

I have registered the domain www.posti.sh at nic.sh. The website is on the server www.myskoob.com/postish. Unfortunately, nic.sh does not support frames, i.e. that the domain stays posti.sh as it ...
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Looking for a step by step guide to URL re-writing with mod_rewrite and other methods

I'm looking for step by step resource about how to rewrite URLs and have a few specific questions. I've read the documentation on mod_rewrite in Apache, but I still find myself a little lost. If ...
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.htaccess redirect not working for web alias

I have two domains at one.com: example.com and example.de I would like to redirect from example.com to example.de/en I wanted to use an A record so that example.com points to example.de and then use ...
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Different urls to same page and redirect

I have 3 urls leading to same page // as most pages are in google, my previous website's version http://mysite.com/1234.aspx // shortcut http://mysite.com/1234 // SEO url ...
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How is a slash in the URL path interpreted by search engines?

I would like to know your opinions on the following URL structure. Is the following SEO best practice and why? If targeting search term "blue suede shoes"... Would "example.com/blue/suede-shoes/" be ...
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Can you rewrite the root?

Not sure how to word this one but will explain most I can. I am trying to make the following happen. Re-write this http://example.com To this http://example.com/home/ Is it possible ? update ...
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Force google to just index rewrited urls

Let's think we have a website with a URL like http://www.domain.com/webdesign/ that rewrites http://www.domain.com/?article=1. now when i search my keyword in Google, it will show up ...
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Are urls with ?page=something bad for SEO? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a URL with a query string better or worse for SEO then one without one? I have a listing of members on my homepage. My dynamic urls are quite simple: ...
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When is it worth it to make my URLs “pretty”?

We are in 2011, search engines are now using hundreds or thousands of parameters to weight a page. The URL is only one of them, is it still so much of an impact in the search results? People are ...
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Apache: Virtual Host and .htacess for URL Rewriting not working

I have configured a virtual host in my local machine and every thing is working fine. Now I want to use SEO friendly urls. To achieve this I have used the .htaccess file. My virtual host ...
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Redirect to other folder but get URL appear the same

I have a web app project located in a directory called issues with several sub directories. The folder structure is as follows: -issues -applications -cli -library -public ...
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URL rewrite - Cross domain javascript

I have a site site.domain1.com that needs to launch content from another domain - content.domain2.com but I encounter cross-domain JS issues when doing this directly. I basically need to make ...
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URL re-write for indexed pages [duplicate]

I have a blog with around 40 posts, and i want to change the URL structure these posts. this is my old URL something like: http://domain.com/blog/2013/02/04/string-here.html i want to set the URL ...
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how to rewrite %20 in .htaccess

I need to perform an equivalent rewrite to: RewriteRule ^/this%20file.pdf http://www.example.com/ How do I handle the %20? I have tried RewriteRule ^/this\%20file.pdf http://www.example.com/ ...
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Google on capital letters in url

I created one of my websites with the following url structure: http://domain.com/Animal/Pig http://domain.com/Pigs If I change the url map to lower case letters instead, will google reindex those ...
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apache rewriting url doesn't work(using godaddy hosting)

I'm using a framework to create my website(codeigniter) by default the urls are like this:mysite.com/index.php?/etc/etc/etc. And I'm trying to remove the index.php?, I tried to remove it by doing ...
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Htaccess - Rewrite png to php file

I currently use trans.png.php?id=1&campaign=test to track my newsletter campaigns. I want to use trans.png instead as it's the src of an img tag. How can i do this in htaccess? Also is there any ...
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In IIS what is the difference between rewrite rules managed by URL Rewrite Module versus those only in web.config?

In IIS what is the difference between rewrite rules managed by URL Rewrite Module versus those which are only in the web.config file and do not appear in the URL Rewrite Module? Using the URL Rewrite ...
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Links on Google result list with unnecessary parameters

I have a website that uses .htaccess to turn the parameterized URLs into a folder pattern based URL For example : www.example.com?lang=de&cat=mycategory becomes www.example.com/de/mycategory ...
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301 redirection removes UTM tags from URLs

A page redirects to another page using a 301 redirect in a .htaccess file. If try to access the page from a URL with UTM tagging after redirection, it removes all UTM tagging. Is this normal ...
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Changing file extensions in URIs - Server Error after Apache upgrade

Please can anyone help to identify flaw or incompatibility in .htaccess code causing server error? In the process of changing over from static to dynamic website, I had to maintain some static files ...
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Using .htaccess, can you hide the true URL?

So I have a web hotel with 1 main website http://www.myrootsite.com/ and a few websites in subdirectories, in a folder called projects. I have domain names pointing to the subdirectories, but ...
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Apache: redirect URL of internal WSGI server

The following Apache conf file serves a WSGI application via port 9002: <VirtualHost *:9002> SSLEngine on SSLCertificateFile /etc/apache2/ssl/apache.crt SSLCertificateKeyFile ...
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301 redirects, query strings and SEO

We have recently consolidated one site into another one. We set up all of our 301s and those all work famously. The bulk of the 301s (including the old site's homepage) land on an interior page of ...
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do we have to add/remove a trailing slash for pagination page numbers in the url. how seo considers that?

My module is paginated. I want to either add a trailing slash or remove a trailing slash. For now i am thinking of adding a trailing slashes to all URLS. What will be the effect on adding a trailing ...
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How do I use htaccess to make a short URL to a MediaWiki page?

I'd like to rewrite /liam to /index.php/Liam_Edwards-Playne. I've currently written this below in the appropriate .htaccess file but it is still returning a 404: RewriteEngine On RewriteRule ^/liam$ ...
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.htaccess rewrite , parked domain on another site to read the proper domain name

I have a parked domain example.co.uk on another domain name web-space in a folder and need to rewrite the domain name in the browser URL as it currently shows the other domain name while browsing and ...
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Is there a SEO benefit of a 'reverse canonical redirect' back to the 'friendly' URL?

As far as I understand, you should have a single URL to access a given page on a website to prevent duplicate issues. With this in mind I have setup IIS7 Rewrite to point my friendly URLs to my .aspx ...
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How does Google handle “clean” URLs is the URL is always changing due to edits?

So, since some "clean" URL system pull the wording directly from content I was wondering how Google handles this? Here's an example of content changes changing the URLs: Version 1 of the Title: ...