I've a older site running in Apache Server which is already indexed in Google. I wish to redirect all those indexed links to my new site (As the older pages are not existing any more.)

So i wish to redirect all my sub-sub pages to my new root page

I've pages like follows


I use the following redirect code for each one

Redirect 301 /answer-now/Engineering http://www.itdost.com/questions/
Redirect 301 /answer-now/Food http://www.itdost.com/questions/
Redirect 301 /answer-now/ASP http://www.itdost.com/questions/

But as the site structure is big, i wish to do it in a single line instead of writing a line for each redirect

Some thing like the following.

Redirect 301 /answer-now/% http://www.itdost.com/questions/

But the above code does not seems to work

  • Do you want to redirect all the different /answer-now/... pages to a single /questions/ page or does each old page have its own corresponding new page? – Tonin Mar 12 '13 at 14:55
  • 1st option is correct – 2lessons Mar 12 '13 at 16:13

If I understand correctly that you want to redirect all your old pages to a single new page, that following configuration directive should be all you need:

RedirectMatch 301 /answer-now/.* http://www.itdost.com/questions

See apache RedirectMatch directive docs for more info.

The Redirect directive, will always append the end of the old URL to the new one.

  • Thank you. Your solution just worked like magic. It solved many issues in my website. – 2lessons Mar 12 '13 at 16:12
  • @2lessons Can you also up vote my answer as it seems it did satisfy you? That usually is the practice on SE. Thanks! – Tonin Jun 17 '13 at 19:17
  • Up vote requires 15 reputation, still waiting for it – 2lessons Jun 19 '13 at 16:08

Look at the RedirectMatch directive to allow wild-carding like this.

  • meulop is correct that you need to use RedirectMatch if you want to use wildcards, but in this case no wildcard is necessary. – Andrew B Mar 12 '13 at 14:23

You were on the right track, but you don't need a % in the Redirect statement.

Redirect 301 /answer-now http://www.itdost.com/questions

This will catch all of the queries rooted under /answer-now, per the example in the documentation.

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