Remove a directory from a URL using apache rewrite

Posted on 2008-06-11
Last Modified: 2010-07-27
I would like to take any URL's like this:
and make it:

That is, take any URL on my domain and remove "site" if it is a folder at the beginning of the URL.

I already add the w's on the URL with:
  RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^domain\.com$ [NC]
  RewriteRule (.*)$1 [L,R=301]

So you can count on the w's as being there if that helps.

Question by:RegProctor
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Expert Comment

ID: 21768043
You mean this (htaccess assumed)?

  RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www\.)?domain\.com$ [NC]
  RewriteRule ^site/(.*)$1 [L,R=301]

Author Comment

ID: 21768530
I do not understand the question.

All I want to do is remove "/site/" from any URL.

Such as:
I want to make:

I want to make:

and so on.
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Expert Comment

ID: 21768745
plysical locatio:n
but user enters in the browser:

Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine On

#if no such file/directory
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
#and it's to our domain specified
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www\.)?domain\.com$ [NC]
#and no /site in front of uri
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/site
#rewrite to site/ subdir
RewriteRule .*{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]
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Author Comment

ID: 21769099
Not quite. There is no physical location because these are all dynamically generated pages from a database driven website. Because of this there is no need for checks for directories and files but it's a nice touch and certainly doesn't hurt to do so.

Also, it looks to me like you are doing the opposite to what I want.
Please note, twice I have said I want to REMOVE "site", NOT add it into the URL.
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Expert Comment

ID: 21769246
OK, the opposite way
plysical locatio:n
but user enters(for whatever reason) in the browser the longer version:

That my first rules? Strip the "/site" prefix from URI. Are they're not working?

Author Comment

ID: 21783395
Sorry, I had no Internet yesterday, you mean, this your first rule will do it?:

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www\.)?domain\.com$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^site/(.*)$1 [L,R=301]

I thought it would take something like:

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^(/site)(/.*)$ [NC] # look for URL with /site/
RewriteRule ^$2 [L,R=301] # strip it out

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ravenpl earned 500 total points
ID: 21784289
> I thought it would take something like:
As usually there's many ways. Yours is wrong, but fixed version

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

It's just it can be done within one line
RewriteRule ^site/(.*)$1 [L,R=301]

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