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  • I’ve just started testing WordPress, my main emphasis is to use it for sites which are mainly Pages, as opposed to posts. I have Permalinks on for pretty urls.

    Looking at the .htaccess after adding just a few pages, it seems 5 lines get added to this for every Page I add. With many hundreds of pages planned for the initial site, processing a really long .htaccess could get inefficient.

    Is there any more generic way to set up the .htaccess so that multiple lines don’t get added for every single page?

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  • Mark (podz)


    Support Maven

    Thanks podz. I had the same issue, and I dropped boren’s code over what was previously there, and everything seems fine. Now, should I reset the permissions on my .htaccess file to 644 to prevent WordPress over-writing it to what it was before?

    On the same topic, I notice that for pages (not posts), where the regular URL I’m internally linking to is ww* I can omit the trailing slash and the page still displays, but in the address bar is shown as ww*

    For some reason, Yahoo insists on crawling the slashless version, with the result that it sees the site as having no internal links (hence virtually no Yahoo traffic ever since I set up WordPress).

    My internal links to posts (not pages) are in fact ww* etc, with no trailing slash.

    Now that I have that nice simple .htaccess file, is there anything I can add to it to rewrite ww* so that for pages (not posts) there is always a trailing slash?

    Further to this… looking around, I have noticed that on at least one senior member’s WordPress site where Pages are used, that Yahoo is routinely indexing the non-trailing slash versions (ww* which has no Google PageRank, instead of the correct trailing slash version (ww* which is indexed by Google with the correct PageRank.

    So I am suggesting a way needs to be found to rewrite non-trailing slashed WordPress Page URLs to ones with a trailing slash, otherwise there is a risk of not receiving any traffic from Yahoo.


    At Webmasterworld I posted a thread on how Yahoo is incorrectly indexing trailing-slashed pages, but it was not approved. I think this is an issue that could at least be addressed within the WordPress community, as I have now seen other members pages here that show the same problem. Maybe an easy fix for someone who knows their way around .htaccess (as I have also seen that some members have fixed the problem).

    Or correct me if I’m wrong…

    Unfortunately the 5-line alternative affected the WordPress search function, so I have for the time being reverted back to the default. Never mind.

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