I migrated my old blog into WordPress, my old cms has a category URL structure like this one


My new CMS has a category structure (permalink set to " No category base")


My htaccess has modified rules for handling amp parameters taken from
Handle "amp" in URLs from a now removed WordPress plugin

# Redirect ?m=
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^m=[01]$
RewriteRule (.*) /$1? [R=301,L]

# Redirect old "amp" URLs back to permalink
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^(no)?amp(=[01])?$ [OR]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} /amp/?$
RewriteRule ^/?([^/]+\.html) /$1 [QSD,R=301,L]

# BEGIN WordPress
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule .* - [E=HTTP_AUTHORIZATION:%{HTTP:Authorization}]
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]

can htaccess catch old category & tags path /search/label/123456 and redirect them into new url structure https://www.example.com/123456

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    Aside: Your # Redirect ?m= rule only matches when m= is the only URL parameter (so it only matches the last example, not the first) - is that the intention?
    – MrWhite
    Mar 4 at 0:59
  • # Redirect ?m= were taken from https://stackoverflow.com/questions/32118568/how-do-i-redirect-url-parameter-m-1 ( to catch ?m=0 &?m=1) ..do you see any problem with the overall htaccess?
    – R freel
    Mar 4 at 5:52
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    Not a problem as such, just that, as I mentioned above, your existing rule does not match your first example /search/label/health?m=0?&max-results=8 (I assume that second ? is a typo?), whereas it perhaps looks like it should. However, that rule is kind of trumped by the new rule in my answer anyway.
    – MrWhite
    Mar 4 at 13:25
  • Thankyou MrWhite
    – R freel
    Mar 4 at 18:27

1 Answer 1


To redirect /search/label/<something> to /<something> (where <something> is a single path segment) and remove the query string (if any) then you could do the following at the top of the .htaccess file:

RewriteRule ^search/label/([^/]+)$ /$1 [QSD,R=301,L]

Aside: If you are canonicalising the hostname and scheme (ie. HTTPS + www/non-www) then consider redirecting directly to the canonical absolute URL in these external redirects to minimise the number of redirects. For example:

RewriteRule ^search/label/([^/+)$ https://www.example.com/$1 [QSD,R=301,L]

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