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htaccess file and redirecting url

Hello, hope you can help, I am a bit baffled by the syntax for redirecting urls, I have a simple example:


and want it to redirect to:


basically a www url instead but it wants to keep the categories.

Any help is greatly appreciated
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That seems to work great for the homepage but not at the category level for some reason.

When I enter:


it goes to:


which is almost there but adds an "index.php" in the URL and removed the shop and categories folders ?

Very strange, the script should only add the www and nothing more.  Are you using a web software to create these categories or was this something you wrote?  Are shop and categories actual directories or just parameters for apache to rewrite?

Where in the .htaccess file did you add the suggestion above?  It may also depend on where in the file you put it if there are other rewrites present.
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