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I am trying to set up a redirect rule in my .htaccess file and I'm needing some help to get it to work.

I want people who reference a sub-directory to redirect to a different domain. For example:

www.myMainSite.com/en should redirect to: www.newEnglishSite.com

I've gotten close, but I'm shooting in the dark. I've just tried to apply a few things I read elsewhere, but it's crashing so something is wrong.

Can you tell me how the .htaccess file needs to be configured?

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} *./en$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.newEnglishSite.com/$1 [L,R=301]

Thanks.
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Question by:Paul Konstanski
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by:Marco Gasi
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You can try this:

RedirectMatch 301 ^/en/.*$ http://www.newEnglishSite.com/$1
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by:Paul Konstanski
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Thank you. This makes sense and works, but here's a follow-up question.

Is there any way that you can think of where you could have any a redirect match based on a sub-folder reference with only two characters.  So if somebody used,

www.myMainSite.com/en
www.myMainSite.com/ft
www.myMainSite.com/ch
www.myMainSite.com/de

I would like all of these to trigger a match that would then forward to a new site. So is there anyway to change the redirect to match a number of characters?

RedirectMatch 301 ^/(2 character match)/.*$ http://www.newEnglishSite.com/$1

Where "2 character match" would be matched in the above characters because the subdirectory contains two characters?

Thanks.
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Marco Gasi earned 900 total points
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Try this:
RedirectMatch 301 ^/[a-zA-Z]{2}/.*$ http://www.newEnglishSite.com/$1
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