I guess that’s my question. What are my options? I don’t think I’m dealing with a permalink structure issue am I?
If there is 301 redirect code that I can use to manage these category redirects in the .htaccess than I would love to know.
Most code I see people talking about isn’t specific for category redirecting.
if you also have a number of other categories that you have moved from /products to /some_other_sub_category/products/
I don’t think you’re going to be able to handle this by manipulating the permalinks, installing a plugin or even using a regexp as part of an .htaccess redirect (although I’d freely admit to being a novice in .htaccess regexps myself).
Unless you can get hold of someone who is really handy with regexps, you could end up having to specify each and every redirect.
Esmi, I think you may be right. There is no easy answer.
I got some help from someone who is wiser than I in The Code and we found out I did something weird with the Redirection Plugin that screwed up my .htaccess file. Cleaned that up and added the word ‘category’ to the extended options in the permalink settings of the WP dashboard. This fixed my 404s for all my live category links.
For all the dead links (abandoned category URLs) they are still 404ing but at least we’re making progress I guess.