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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htaccess 301 redirect help needed(removing GET parameters)

Due to some issues in my site many pages are visible as duplicate using : www.example.com/page.html?task=view but it's content is exactly same as www.example.com/page.html. One way is to use http 301 ...
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Which URL is SEO friendly?

I have to choose between two usernames, one comprises of just my first name i.e. http://example.com/john while the other comprises of full name i.e. http://example.com/johnsmith. Which of the above ...
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URL rewrite - should I write a fake file suffix (.html) or something more realistic to the platform? (like .asp or .cfm)

First, I'd like to preface this question by stating that I insist upon publishing a file name suffix, but only on the outer most entity of our site, the detail pages. I do realize the suffix is not ...
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In a URI, what does the suffix “.do” stand for?

I see URI ending in ".do" on some enterprise websites. I've always been curious to know what that stands for, but my Google searches have so far not turned up an answer. Here is an example from ATT ...
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Use .htaccess to rewrite requests for a PNG as a PHP GET variable

I'm REALLY bad with .htaccess files, and reading through the existing questions on SO only confuse me more (mainly because they're all situation-specific and don't exactly apply to my situation at ...
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“There is no subdomain here.” error in creating (one/multi)-level sub-domains

Objective: I want to create multilevel sub-domains. For example, I've a domain like "domain.com," and now I want to create some sub-domains for it. It should be noted that what I'm working on it, ...
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Writing clean urls with .htaccess

Update - Alright thanks everyone for your tests, it really helped. The code is good. My problem was not having absolute "/" links. (Due to moving from public_html folder). Only 2 concerns i have now. ...
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Can Google Index Rewriten URLs?

Can Google index rewriten URLs? I mean, if I have the link <a href="http://mydomain.com/document">Grab the document!</a> and if I instruct Apache to rewrite http://mydomain.com/document ...
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clean urls and differences in hosts

I am developing a relatively static website, where I want to be able to access each page without typing .html (or .htm or .xhtml ...) at the end (/about not /about.html). I am developing using the ...
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What does the '^' mean in “rewrite ^ http://example.com permanent;”

I found some configuration of nginx contains: if($args ^~ post=140) { rewrite ^ http://example.com/ permanent; } What does the ^ mean in rewrite ^ http://example.com/ permanent?
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Is a real http to htttps rewrite possible or is this always going to be a redirect?

I noticed that there are some articles on the Internet that talk about using the apache mod_rewrite module to rewrite a client to server http connection to https. But rewrite does all the changes ...
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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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Redirect $.html to $/ mod_rewrite rule clash

I have already remapped URL's from for example /sub/test/ to test.html but I also want to redirect /sub/test.html to /sub/test/ but here seems to be a clash between the rules. .htaccess files is in ...
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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 http://www.mydomain....
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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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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? http://www....
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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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Google Webmaster Tools - Duplicate content (slash and none slash version of a page)

Google Webmaster Tools shows a lot of duplicate content in the following pages: www.example.com/example www.example.com/example/ I do NOT offer two versions of any page on my website, when you ...
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Limit access to rewritten uri based on IP address

I'd like to limit access to a Drupal 7 registration page (/user/register) from certain IP addresses. I've tried to set the apache directive, but it's still letting me access it from an IP that isn't ...
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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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URL rewrite from www.example.com/subdirectory to example.com/subdirectory

I need a solution for the following problem: I use a CMS and want the backend to only be available at http://example.com/backend and not at http://www.example.com/backend. The rest of the site should ...
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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 testing.mywebsite....
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Rewrite and hide page ID from URL

I am working with the following on a football website and when a user clicks an event they get the following URL format: /live/1/event-name.html Currently the number in the URL represents the ID ...
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IIS URL Rewrite - Rewriting subfolders to query strings

I want to redirect any traffic on my website based on the following rule: https://www.example.com/abc -> https://www.example.com/test1.aspx?c=abc https://www.example.com/def -> https://www.example....
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After rewriting URL page not found

I want to rewrite my current URL that is http://localhost/sitename/landing-page/?from=Algeria&to=Afghanistan&submit=Submit to http://localhost/sitename/removals-from-Algeria-to-Afghanistan ...
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A more specific question about a tricky redirect case

me again. :) I will try to keep this more to the point. Synopsis: I am trying to redirect URLs like this: www.desktopscenes.com/Scenes from Yellowstone (2003)/slides/Morning Glory Pool.html to this:...
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Omitting and replacing ampersands in urls

I'm using the Ruby on Rails plugin, FriendlyId to create SEO friendly urls based on the name's of the albums and generes within app. If the plugin finds an ampersand in the title it replaces it with a ...
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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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Require domain alias to show in browser address bar

Similar to question posted here (but not related to sub directories): .htaccess redirect of domain name alias to main domain but must show up as the alias domain I am trying to direct traffic from an ...
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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 http://...
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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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Use of no-index-meta-tag on pretty URLs?

By now I am fighting through the world of SEO and run into a problem, I think. Let's say I have a page like www.example.com/i-am-a-pretty-url, which is re-written by .htaccess from i-am-ugly-url.php ...
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Using Nginx to rewrite a friendly URL to index.php handler gives 404 errors

I am having some issues getting the below to work the way I expect. What I am trying to do is take a url like https://example.com/TOPIC/courses/details/143911 but have it sent to php with the ...
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Which method is better to add “www.” before domain name

I have search through Google and found 2 methods to add www before domain name. First is by adding a CNAME and second is using rewrite mod in .htaccess file. I just want to know which method is ...
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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 http://mysite.com/...
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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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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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URL Rewrite http to https EXCEPT files in a specific subfolder

I am trying to force all traffic on my web site to use HTTPS, using the URL Rewrite 2.0 module added to IIS 7.5. I got that working and now have a need to exclude a couple of pages from using SSL. So ...