I have two specific URL which are being redirected with 301 redirect in my .htaccess file like below:

redirect 301 /old-url-1/ http://www.domain.com/new-url-3/
redirect 301 /old-url-2/ http://www.domain.com/new-url-3/

Now problem is with URL structure like this:

http://www.domain.com/old-url-1/sub-url/ or http://www.domain.com/old-url-2/sub-url/ which is not getting to desired path on redirected url to http://www.domain.com/old-url-1/sub-url/.

How can I only match /old-url-1/ part, and redirect in that case, in all other cases just follow original path like /old-url-1/sub-url/?

**Desired effect is like this: If someone goes to: http://www.domain.com/old-url-1/ redirect visitor to http://www.domain.com/new-url-3/, but if someone goes to http://www.domain.com/old-url-1/sub-url/keep visitor on that URL, and don't redirect to http://www.domain.com/new-url-3/sub-url.

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    You made the question more complicated than the answer would be :_) Commented Sep 27, 2015 at 19:35
  • I agree with that :( That's why I added EDIT in bold.
    – Alan Kis
    Commented Sep 27, 2015 at 19:36

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The key to redirect only exact URL match is to tell redirectMatch to match only exactly URL which is easy achieved with regex according to httpd.apache.org, where description says:

Description: Sends an external redirect based on a regular expression match of the current URL Syntax: RedirectMatch [status] regex URL

In my case,

redirect 301 /old-url-1/ http://www.domain.com/new-url-3/


RedirectMatch 301 ^/old-url-1/$ http://www.domain.com/new-url-3/

Where ^matches the beginning of URL, and $ to match the end of URL.

So my rule only will match old-url-1, and not old-url-1/sub-url or some another odl-url-1/some-sub-path.

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    Because... Redirect is prefix matching (whole path segments) and appends everything after the match onto the destination URL. Whereas RedirectMatch is not, matching the regular expression instead.
    – MrWhite
    Commented Sep 28, 2015 at 8:34

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