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RewriteOptions inherit
Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule ^profile/([^/]+)/?$ https://example.com/?username=$2 [L,QSA,NC]
RewriteRule ^profile/(followers|friends|saved|stories)/([^/]+)/?$ $1.php?username=$2 [L,QSA,NC] 

I have also tried this rule too

RewriteRule ^profile/([^/]+) /?username=$2 [L,QSA,NC] 

But, when I visit the /user/ or /profile/user/ links after making these changes, they forward to a 404 Page Not Found.

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  • What are the intended targets for such requests. Please give examples in natural language of the intended from/to mappings. In the first rule, what is the intended file that should handle the request?
    – MrWhite
    Commented Apr 22 at 8:26
  • ... what URLs are you actually requesting? (What rules are your "inheriting"?)
    – MrWhite
    Commented Apr 22 at 9:43
  • Have you confirmed that .htaccess overrides are enable? What version of Apache are you using? A request of the form /profile/user/ should trigger an external 302 redirect to root, given the rules above. If you are not seeing that then it doesn't look like those rules are doing anything.
    – MrWhite
    Commented Apr 22 at 10:33

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