I was playing around with the .htaccess file on my site, and though the homepage works. All links are broken, showing 404 error. I also cannot click on anything but the homepage.

If it matters here is the .htaccess

RewriteOptions inherit

#User added redirects
redirect 301 ^/channelactivist\.com/?(.*) http://channelactivist.com/$1 
redirect 301 people-of-earth-unrenewed-at-tbs/      http://channelactivist.com/people-of-earth-unrenewed-at-tbs/ (#500+ of these)

# BEGIN WordPress
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule ^index.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . index.php [L]

# END WordPress
  • I know you know this now and sorry to be pedantic, but just make sure you make a backup copy of any file before editing. I forgot this sooooo many times. – Martin Dimmock Jun 30 '18 at 20:17

You have syntax errors in the 2 redirects you have listed.

"Redirect" does not allow ^ or \ or ?(.*). You need to use "RedirectMatch":

RedirectMatch 301 ^/channelactivist\.com/?(.*) http://channelactivist.com/$1

For the other lines, you need an opening / or it won't match those URLs. It's also more common to use a space instead of a tab. However, this redirect actually doesn't redirect at all - you're pointing the same URL at itself (unless this .htaccess is on a site other than channelactivist.com), so hopefully your actual redirects are a little different than what you posted:

Redirect 301 /people-of-earth-unrenewed-at-tbs/ http://channelactivist.com/people-of-earth-unrenewed-at-tbs/

You can verify these are the problem by removing your redirects and adding one at a time, then testing and tweaking to make sure it works, before adding the others.

  • Thank you. I managed to fix the 404 errors on the links within the site. Turns out the .htaccess page was corrupt. I'm going to work on adding that / to the other links on the site. – jjf3 Jun 29 '18 at 16:10

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