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Making a physical folder with .htaccess without breaking WordPress (3 posts)

  1. chrismartinjenkins
    Member
    Posted 4 months ago #

    I am currently relaunching a website, moving from an archaic CMS to WordPress. Unfortunately there will be thousands of unavoidable 301 redirects to set up due to a complete change in site structure.

    I want to set up multiple .htaccess files, split into folders, so as to not have thousands of rules in one .htaccess in the / root directory. However, as soon as I create a physical folder on the server that corresponds to a URL WordPress is using (e.g. /news, or /services), Apache tries to load that folder rather than letting WordPress handle it.

    Is there a way for a phyiscal folder with a .htaccess file inside to exist (e.g. at /news), but for WordPress to still work correctly and load the pages it would normally load if you visited the URL (e.g. /news)?

    Thanks!

  2. I want to set up multiple .htaccess files, split into folders

    OK, that's doable.

    However, as soon as I create a physical folder on the server that corresponds to a URL WordPress is using (e.g. /news, or /services), Apache tries to load that folder rather than letting WordPress handle it.

    Huh? *Re-reads* Yes, that's correct. Why create the folders if you don't want to use them?

    My stock WordPress .htaccess file looks like this.

    # BEGIN WordPress
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteBase /
    RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
    RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
    </IfModule>
    
    # END WordPress

    It's this line RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d that checks if the directory is in use. I'm pretty sure commenting it out will break things (maybe, I've not tried).

    Is there a way for a phyiscal folder with a .htaccess file inside to exist (e.g. at /news), but for WordPress to still work correctly and load the pages it would normally load if you visited the URL (e.g. /news)?

    Can you explain that a little more? If the URL is /news/something-here and /news/ exists then you want WordPress to let that go unaltered. Or you can put the redirects into the WordPress .htaccess file above the WordPress part and lose that /news/ directory.

  3. chrismartinjenkins
    Member
    Posted 4 months ago #

    Hi Jan, thanks for your reply, and sorry if I didn't make myself clear. I think you've got the gist of what I want to do, but I'll try and explain with some concrete examples.

    My current site has multiple directories - e.g. /news, /services, /people and /events. On my new WordPress installation, I've got multiple post_types set up, with corresponding slugs of /news/, /services/, /people/ and /events/.

    The old site has a very messy structure, so I need to set up thousands of manual 301 redirects - there are no regular expressions that will cover everything. If I put all of these redirects into one .htaccess in the root directory, it would presumably slow down requests. As such, I want to put a separate .htaccess file in each of the folders (/news, /services and so on).

    For example, I want to redirect /services/services_to_individuals/medical_negligence_solicitors.aspx to /services/medical-negligence/ using a .htaccess file sitting within /services/

    So I want to create a /services/ folder and put a single .htaccess file inside it. However, as soon as I create a /services/ folder on the server, WordPress no longer handles this directory and /services/medical-negligence/ no longer loads.

    Is this possible? Thanks again.

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