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This issue is on WordPress site.

I am aware we can change the URL naming convention in WP but I have changed my URL format from date format to simple postname followed by slug as shown below.

Old style:

www.example.com/2013/02/09/rin​gdroid

New style:

www.example.com/rin​gdroid

Google previously indexed my websites pages (sitemap.xml) with below format:

www.example.com/2013/04/18/hot​test-gadgets-of-2013-to-include-in-​your-list
www.example.com/2013/02/09/rin​gdroid

I have resubmitted the sitemap but there are still 404 errors in Google/Bing engine.

Could you please help me to write 301 redirects rule in .htaccess file so when someone clicks the URL for:

www.example.com/2013/02/09/rin​gdroid

They should be redirected to:

www.example.com/rin​gdroid

How we can write rule in .htaccess file to remove date part 2013/02/09/?

I tried something like this (Googled it), but it didn't work:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
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RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^([0-9]+)/([0-9]+)/([0-9]+)/(.*)$ /$4 [R=301,NC,L]
  • The NC flag and RewriteBase directives are not required here. This could also be "simplified" as RewriteRule ^\d{4}/\d\d/\d\d/(.*)$ /$1 [R=301,L] - no need for the additional capturing groups and this now matches the exact URL as given, no ambiguity. – MrWhite Dec 12 '16 at 12:41
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RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule ^(\d+/){3}(.*)$ /$2 [R=301]

This will strip any sequence of 3 numbers each followed by slashes (so it will work with short year dates like YY/MM/DD dates or single digit days/months like 2013/2/9. If you want to keep the date in the url and have it silently redirect to the correct page without the user knowing, lose the [R=301]

  • also, is this for a wordpress site? If so it would be better to manage your url naming within the wordpress options than to go writing your own htaccess rules. – WebChemist Jun 28 '13 at 10:09
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    Hi WebChemist , Really thankful giving an idea how to implement it. I tried your suggestion but Url its was returning as www.domain.com/ringdroid/02/09/rin​gdroid. so i have implemented my below own code and here it is. – user2131844 Jun 29 '13 at 0:04
  • This regex should have worked as intended IMO, however, the missing L flag might have been the problem. The rewriting will have continued, so would have at least got caught in the WordPress "front controller" that presumably followed. – MrWhite Dec 12 '16 at 12:37

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