The website URL is http://example.com but some pages have been redirected to http://example.com/, the version of the URL with the trailing slash. Should I change all redirects to the non-trailing-slash URL?

  • Are you talking about the trailing slash on the home page (the root of the domain) without any extra path? The situation for that (http://example.com vs http://example.com/) is different than for a directory (/folder vs /folder/). Oct 16, 2018 at 12:46
  • Actually it is the homepage not subfolder Oct 16, 2018 at 13:46
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    Launch some developer tools inside your browser, and inspect the HTTP request being done. Even if you type just a name or an "URL" like http://example.com you will see that your browser sends in fact a GET / request, so at least a / is mandatory to say "root". Oct 16, 2018 at 14:57
  • Yes, as Patrick suggests, don't just look at the "beautified" URL in the browser's address bar. Browser's notoriously "beautify" the public URL seen in the browser - more so these days than they ever did. See also: webmasters.stackexchange.com/questions/35643/…
    – MrWhite
    Oct 16, 2018 at 17:22
  • not really matter for redirect in q if done corecct but redirect technique also matters, for example doing apache redirect without trailing slash will most probably fail if original request came with path like example.com/foo. it will redirect to invalid example.comfoo Nov 3, 2018 at 3:07

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  • Homepage: Google has stated that the homepage doesnt really matter if there is or isnt a trailing slash.

  • Directory: directories must have a trailing slash in the end.

  • File/Page: an html page or an file shouldn't have a trailing slash.

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    It's not just Google. When it comes to the home page, the HTTP spec states that there is no difference between having a trailing slash and not having one. Whether or not the slash shows in the URL, the HTTP request must include the slash. Oct 16, 2018 at 14:51
  • Note example.com/index.php are the same as example.com/index.php/something at least for apache. You can process this trailing uri in index.php, making possible to use different urls with same script without mod_rewrite
    – LeonidMew
    Oct 18, 2018 at 0:52

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