.htaccess redirect from static site to Wordpress

I'm trying to redirect pages from an old static site to new pages in WordPress. So, for example,

http://www.mysite.com/contact.htm

should redirect to:

http://www.mysite.com/contact

I'm using the following in the .htaccess file, but it's not working:

redirect 301 /mysite/contact.htm http://www.mysite.com/contact

carrboroAsked:
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carrboroConnect With a Mentor Author Commented:
I ended up figuring this out myself and implemented as a series of rewrites along the lines of:

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^jeffthomascobb.com$ [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.jeffthomascobb.com$
RewriteRule ^contact\.htm$ "http\:\/\/www\.jeffthomascobb\.com\/contact\/" [R=301,L]

etc.

Works fine now
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Steve BinkCommented:
When you say "not working", what gives you that impression?  I mean, aside from not seeing the new page.  Are you receiving any error messages?  Have you examined the request/response conversation?
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mchkorgCommented:
Hi,
I would do it with Apache's URL Rewriting engine.

- be sure to have the rewrite_module enabled (via : a2enmod rewrite)
- in your site configuration (or local .htaccess), add something like :
        RewriteEngine On
        RewriteRule ^http://www.mysite.com/contact.htm http://www.mysite.com/contact

I hope this helps



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carrboroAuthor Commented:
By not working I mean the old URLs are still resolving to the old, static HTML pages rather than the new WordPress pages.

I tried the rewrite above, but that is not working either. Here is what my current .htaccess file looks like. Note that I have WordPress in its own /blog directory and am using a page, rather than the blog, as my home page.

# BEGIN WordPress
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
</IfModule>

# END WordPress
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^hedgehog-fox.com$ [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.hedgehog-fox.com$
RewriteRule ^.*$ "http\:\/\/www\.jeffthomascobb\.com\/blog" [R=301,L]
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mchkorgCommented:
No need to add RewretiEngine on as it's already done

Have you done several tests with my RewriteRule thing ? I think the I remember the sequence is important - you should check on apache2 official web site : http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.0/mod/mod_rewrite.html

=> did you try it right after the "RewriteEngine On" line ?
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souseranCommented:
Your 301 RewriteRule doesn't look right to me. I think it should be

RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.jeffthomascobb.com/blog/$1 [R=301,L]

Also, I think you want an [NC] at the end of your last RewriteCond so that the rule takes effect regardless of the case in the browser address bar. Otherwise, only www.hedgehog-fox.com will be redirected. www.Hedgehog-Fox.com, etc. won't.
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carrboroAuthor Commented:
None of the above is working. I really don't want to change the Rewrite rule as souseran suggests, as that Rewrite has been working fine. It was in place before the changes that led to this question.

I have tried the putting the Rewrite after Rewrite on, and that makes no difference. I have also checked to order.

I am not actually clear why Rewrite would be the correct approach in the first place, given that what I am trying to redirect is static HTML pages, whereas Rewrite - at least as I understand it - tends to apply when the pages to be redirected are dynamic. Regardless, it seems to me this should not be terribly complicated. Someone must know the right approach to this.
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