I'm trying to figure out how to write an .htaccess rule that will do the following:








etc. I should note that 'removethis' is always the same, but I want it to work for anything in the place of 'example1' and anything in the place of 'item', if that makes sense. I'd also like it to be a 301 (permanent) redirect. Thoughts?


Something like

RewriteRule ^(.*)/removethis/(.*)$ $1/$2

Should do the trick. Setting the redirect code and whatnot left as an exercise for the reader.

  • Is there a way to do this such that it only redirects if the new url actually exists? – Travis Northcutt Nov 16 '09 at 20:02
  • That depends on what you mean by "exists". – womble Nov 16 '09 at 20:34
  • I mean "going to that url will not result in a 404". What I'm trying to do is change over the directory structure of some pages to example/item (from example/removethis/item), but I don't have the time/inclination to change them all at once, so it would be nice if it only redirects if example/item exists. Regardless, your answer works perfectly! – Travis Northcutt Nov 16 '09 at 20:42
  • No, you can't test whether the destination will result in a 404 and then not apply the rewrite, but I can't imagine that the extra redirect to a 404 would be that much worse over and above a direct 404. – womble Nov 16 '09 at 20:44
  • Forgive me - I don't really understand what you mean by that last part... – Travis Northcutt Nov 16 '09 at 21:10

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