Have not found this in my searches on SE.

I need this scenario to work:

• User visits someurl.com/news/folder or someurl.com/news/somefolder/, they get redirected to someurl.com/somefolder.

• If the user visits JUST someurl.com/news or /news/, they are allowed through to visit /news.

Here is my current rule: RewriteRule ^news/(.*) /$1 [NC,R=301,L]

How do I make it allow the second bullet point? First seems to work with no issues.

Thanks all!


I have got the code

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^news RewriteRule ^/news news/ [NC,L]

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^/news/(.)$ RewriteRule ^news/(.) /$1 [NC,R=301,L]

BUT - it doesn't allow me to go to the URL something.com/news/

Any thoughts?


1 Answer 1


Instead of .* in your rewrite rule use .+ The star means zero or more characters, the plus means there has to be at least one.

 RewriteRule ^news/(.+) /$1 [NC,R=301,L]

Then you don't have any problems with that rewrite rule interfering with /news or /news/

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