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Technical Bleg

I need to do .htaccess tricks that I haven’t yet figured out, and while I may have time to experiment more today, I thought I’d toss it out here. Probably nobody will know, because I’ve had no response from mailing lists that should have people with guru knowledge, but hey.

We had a blog in Expression Engine. It was at and its URL structure for links to posts went something like:

Those posts are in many cases found in Google search results. If someone clicks one, they now get a not found page generated by WordPress, which we switched to in a blog in the same location as the old blog, but with a different permalink structure.

The Expression Engine blog has moved to a folder, eeblog, so the URL structure for posts is now something like:

The same, but inserting the folder into it. Wouldn’t you think a redirect would be simple? And prominently documented?

I need to either modify .htaccess to intercept any request for a URL with the old structure and direct it to the same in the folder eeblog, or I need for the error page handling in WordPress to use PHP or whatever it can use to detect a URL clearly looking for the old blog posts and send it along.

If it issues a 301, that’s bonus.

Got interrupted, so I forgot what I was saying, but I think that covers it.

What this is not:

  • A request for how to eliminate index.php from the URL.
  • A request for how to move from a folder to the root.
  • Thanks!

    2 replies on “Technical Bleg”

    Quack, quack.

    Maybe not that specifically, but I’ve been on WP pages as well as EE pages as well as Apache pages and so forth in my travels. I’ve also asked 2 mailing lists of people who in part do web development and extensively do server/network/web admin stuff and ought to number people who’d be able to rattle off the format I’d need.

    Basically it looks like I’m stuck spending hours poring over various not-exactly examples and documentation and absorbing enough and experimenting enough to get it right. I have about a dozen tabs open in this browser as we speak, with various sites and forums with related stuff. Need to drop it and check the food & see if the baby is okay and stuff though…

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