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Hi

I have my site hosted at squarespace.com and now I want to move to a wordpress site instead.

My Squarespace site at lets say oldsite.tv will be moved to newsite.dk

I can't edit .htaccess on the squarespace site. So my plan is to point oldsite.tv to newsite.dk with a cname.

But how do I handle users who find a link in google that points to http://oldsite.tv/guides/how-to-do-this.html so that they receive a 301 permanet redirect to http://newsite.dk/how-to-do-this.html

I guess I need a .htaccess in the root of my new domain, but I can't quite figure out what conditions I have to put in it to make this work.

Cheers
Per
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by:Frozenice
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just place on your htaccess file like this

redirect 301 /old/old.htm http://www.yoursite.com/new.htm
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by:deploydeploy
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Hi

Thanks for your reply. I'm just not sure thats enough.
So if a user in google finds the link:
http://oldsite.tv/guides/a-page.html
He will go to my new website and the .htaccess file should then make a 301 redirect to http://newsite.dk/a-page.html

Will your:
redirect 301 /guides/a-page.html http://newsite.dk/a-page.html
Do that?

And as a little followup, what if I need 200 pages with the style http://oldsite.tv/guides/blabla.html to be redirected to http://newsite.dk/blabla.html


Cheers
Per
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by:Tiggerito
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I did something like in the code snippet.

You should also register both websites with Google Webmaster Tools and tell them about the change of address. It should help things go more smoothly.
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^.*oldwebsite\.com
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.newwebsite.com/$1 [R=301,NC,L]

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by:deploydeploy
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Hi

Also nice input but that doesn't quite cut it. As I described above, I also make changes to the url-structure after the domain name.

I go from:
oldsite.tv/GUIDES/some-page.html

To:
newsite.dk/some-page.html

Your suggestion would result in:
newsite.dk/GUIDES/some-page.html

I need:
newsite.dk/some-page.html

I hope I have made myself clear now.

Cheers
Per
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by:Tiggerito
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My case was the same. If there is no pattern to the mapping, then you will have to map every URL separately:


# map known URLs
RewriteRule ^GUIDES/some-page.html$ http://newsite.dk/some-page.html [R=301,NC,L]
RewriteRule ^GUIDES/other-page.html$ http://newsite.dk/other-page.html [R=301,NC,L]

# directly map the rest
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^.*oldsite\.tv
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://newsite.dk/$1 [R=301,NC,L]

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by:deploydeploy
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Well I have a pattern:
/guides/ needs to be stripped away.

I just can't figure out the syntax to doing so.

I have lots of post like this: http://oldsite.com/guides/08/22/2010/apage.html

I want a 301 redirect to http://newsite.dk/apage.html where the word guides and /08/22/2010 are stripped from the url.

Cheers
Per
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Tiggerito earned 500 total points
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I've not done fancy redirect rules but I think this may work for you:
RewriteRule ^GUIDES/(.*)$ http://newsite.dk/$1 [R=301,NC,L]

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by:deploydeploy
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Thanks, I think I need another opinion too, because your not quite certain.

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Per
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by:arober11
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Hi, Tiggerito rule will do what you ask.

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Cheers @arober11
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