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This kind of htaccess code is a little complex for me as I'm just beginning to understand redirects with htaccess. Could someone help me with this? Thanks in advanced.

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Using mod_rewrite in .htaccess it's relatively straightforward to redirect to the "current year" if that year exists as a physical directory on the filesystem.

For example, you can do something like the following at the top of the .htaccess file in the document root:

RewriteEngine On

RewriteCond %{DOCUMENT_ROOT}/%{TIME_YEAR} -d
RewriteRule ^$ /%{TIME_YEAR}/ [R=302,L]

You don't need to repeat the RewriteEngine directive if already present in the file.

Note that this a temporary (302) redirect, so that the redirect is picked up when the "current year" changes.

Problem... redirecting to a "previous year" is not so trivial as you can't perform basic arithmetic in .htaccess alone to say subtract 1 year etc. For this you would need server-side access to create a RewriteMap that calls an external function. Or rewrite to a (PHP) script that is able to determine the correct year to redirect to.

However, this is presumably related to your other question on the WordPress stack. In which case is there a physical directory for years 2013 onwards?

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