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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 -> ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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nginx rewrite for an url with parameters

I have two types of URL and want to rewrite it for friendly URL. 1. The first: https://example.com/folder/myfile.php?id=xx&param1=yy I want to rewrite to: ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...