Is it possible at the same time to

  • redirect 301 multiple URLs/pages from old to new
  • redirect 301 all remain old pages to new homepage
  • redirect 301 both www/without of old homepage to new homepage
  • exclude one URL

URLs don't match (meaning each old site URL is redirected to a different URL at the new site.

  • Are the old and new sites hosted in the same webspace, or are they entirely separate?
    – MrWhite
    Jul 11, 2016 at 15:20

1 Answer 1


Maybe try something like this:

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^oldsite.com$
RewriteRule ^/?unchanged/url - [L,QSA]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^(www\.)?newsite.com$
RewriteRule ^(/?specific/page) http://newsite.com/$1 [R=301,L]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^(www\.)?newsite.com$
RewriteRule ^ http://newsite.com/ [R=301,L]

The order is the important part. First, handle the URL which you don't want to apply the rules to. The [L] flag should stop processing further rules. Then, handle your other specific URLs. After that, redirect the other URLs.

  • 1
    Since this is intended to be in .htaccess, the RewriteRule pattern shouldn't start with a slash. In the first RewriteRule, you can simply use a - (hyphen) for the substitution to indicate no change (is the HTTP_HOST check required here? Or should it be reversed? I assume it is intended to go on the old site?).
    – MrWhite
    Jul 11, 2016 at 15:30
  • Thanks. Those are some great tips. I was assuming that for the unchanged URL, I would need a HTTP_HOST because I couldn't specify that in the rule itself, and perhaps he only wants the one URL unchanged. I suppose that I'm also assuming that both are sharing the same document root.
    – DKing
    Jul 11, 2016 at 15:43

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