Help with Rewrite

I had asked another question related to Mod Rewrite, and after answering it julianmatz started helping me with actually implementing the Rewrite. I decided to open up another question to handle this specifically so that I can award the necessary points for this seperate issue.

Here is what julianmatz had written:

            RewriteEngine On
            RewriteRule ^viewpost([0-9]*)\.html$ /index.php?viewpost=$1 [R=301,L]

            The "R" flag will cause the page to redirect and the "=301" will cause a permanent redirect (the one you should always use to keep search engines happy).

             If you just want to rewrite the URL without the redirect, you can simply leave out the "R" flag...


So basically if I leave out the stuff in the brackets at the end, then any links to discussion.php/viewpost=15.html will automatically display the page located at discussion.php?viewpost=15 without actually redirecting the browser (the URL will still display the html link in the browser window)?
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jfredricksonAsked:
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Julian MatzConnect With a Mentor Joint ChairpersonCommented:
Hi jfredrickson :)

Yes, but you can make the URLs even friendlier, like in my example.

You could use the the URL
www.example.com/discussion/viewpost15.html
to serve the URL
www.example.com/discussion.php?viewpost=15

Here is the code for your .htaccess file:


Options +FollowSymlinks
RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule ^discussion/viewpost([0-9]+)\.html$ /discussion.php?viewpost=$1 [L]


Whatever number is after "viewpost" will be used for ?viewpost=[number] when serving the real URL.
The [L] flag will stop the rewriting after the first rule if the conditions are met... This is useful when using more than one RewriteRule...

Hope this helps...

-Julian.
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jfredricksonAuthor Commented:
That sounds perfect. I was afraid that this was going to be a big hurdle in the development of my site since I have never worked with this kind of stuff before, but now it seems to be all solved in a couple of minutes.

You don't know how thankful I am for this!
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Julian MatzJoint ChairpersonCommented:
You're very welcome! I'm glad I could help!

I was new to this a couple of months ago also and found it a little difficult to understand, but as with most things, practice makes perfect :) It always seems like quite a hurdle when starting off though...
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