I have a WordPress website hosted on Bluehost which contains the following URL pattern:


I want to permanent redirect it to use this:


So I opened .htaccess kept in the example.com folder and changed it to this

RewriteEngine On
RedirectMatch 301 ^/([^/]+)/$ http://www.example.com/$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

Then I went to my Permalink Settings in the Wordpress admin and changed my "Common Settings" from "Day and name" to "Custom Structure" /%postname%/

Now when I access http://www.example.com/2017/01/30/sample-post/ it gives me

404 | Page Not Found! Sorry, but the page you were looking for is not here.

And when I access the URL directly http://www.example.com/sample-post/ it gives me

too many redirects error.

Where am I goofing up?

RedirectMatch 301 ^/([^/]+)/$ http://www.example.com/$1

The pattern ^/([^/]+)/$ doesn't match the URL-path /2017/01/30/sample-post/, so these URLs will not be redirected. However, it does match /sample-post/ - which is why you get the redirect loop.

However, RedirectMatch is also a mod_alias directive, not mod_rewrite. (RewriteEngine does not apply.) You should change this to a mod_rewrite directive to avoid potential conflicts and unexpected results. (Different Apache modules execute at different times, despite their apparent order in the config file.)

So, try the following instead:

RewriteRule ^\d{4}/\d\d/\d\d/(.+) /$1 [R=302,L]

This specifically matches a URL of the form /2017/01/30/sample-post/ (the trailing slash is not enforced). Your redirect would have actually stripped the trailing slash.

Make sure your browser cache is cleared before testing. Change the 302 to a 301 only when you are sure it's working OK. (302s avoid being cached.)


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