I have an htaccess file in one of my subdirectories. I'm trying to throw a 410 response code for .doc and .pdf files in my uploads directory for my multisite installation.

So my .htaccess file is in this directory: wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016

and looks like this:

RedirectMatch gone "/01/\.pdf$"

So shouldn't this throw a 410 for the following URL:


The full url is currently returning a 404.

1 Answer 1

RedirectMatch gone "/01/\.pdf$"

This would match URLs that end in /01/.pdf, so won't match the given URL that ends /01/my-file.pdf.

However, it may be preferable to use mod_rewrite in order to override the standard WordPress directives in the root of the site.

Try the following instead to send a 410 Gone for all .doc and .pdf files in the directory (.htaccess file should be the appropriate subdirectory):

RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule \.(doc|pdf)$ - [G]

UPDATE: If you are still getting a 404 for these resources (which don't exist) then it's possible that you have a custom error document that overrides the HTTP status code. Try resetting this by adding the following before the above directives:

ErrorDocument 410 default
  • I placed a .htaccess file in the: wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/01/ directory but I'm still not getting a 410. I continue to receive a 404 for any files that used to exist in the directory.
    – brandozz
    Commented Aug 22, 2017 at 1:06
  • What 404 error document is returned? WordPress 404, Apache custom or default document? It's possible you have a defined error document that is overriding the HTTP status? I've updated my answer.
    – MrWhite
    Commented Aug 22, 2017 at 6:35

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