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  • Resolved sjlevy


    Using Multisite WordPress (3.3.2) on IIS7 with the standard URL Rewrite rules causes issues with trailing slashes and the pagination links

    For example, if you visit a multisite blog with a URL like this: (without trailing slash) the ‘Older Entries’ link becomes — it doubles up the blog slug in the URL causing a 404 error. Additionally any previous page link 1 2 3 4 5 etc have bad URL’s as well.

    If you visit (with trailing slash) the ‘Older Entries’ link is correctly

    I have found the issue to be present across multiple servers, with fresh, theme-less and plugin-less installations of WordPress

    The standard URL Rewrite rules are as follows:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
                        <rule name="WordPress Rule 1" stopProcessing="true">
                            <match url="^index\.php$" ignoreCase="false" />
                            <action type="None" />
                        <rule name="WordPress Rule 2" stopProcessing="true">
                            <match url="^([_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/)?files/(.+)" ignoreCase="false" />
                            <action type="Rewrite" url="wp-includes/ms-files.php?file={R:2}" appendQueryString="false" />
                        <rule name="WordPress Rule 3" stopProcessing="true">
                            <match url="^([_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/)?wp-admin$" ignoreCase="false" />
                            <action type="Redirect" url="{R:1}wp-admin/" redirectType="Permanent" />
                        <rule name="WordPress Rule 4" stopProcessing="true">
                            <match url="^" ignoreCase="false" />
                            <conditions logicalGrouping="MatchAny">
                                <add input="{REQUEST_FILENAME}" matchType="IsFile" ignoreCase="false" />
                                <add input="{REQUEST_FILENAME}" matchType="IsDirectory" ignoreCase="false" />
                            <action type="None" />
                        <rule name="WordPress Rule 5" stopProcessing="true">
                            <match url="^[_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/(wp-(content|admin|includes).*)" ignoreCase="false" />
                            <action type="Rewrite" url="{R:1}" />
                        <rule name="WordPress Rule 6" stopProcessing="true">
                            <match url="^([_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/)?(.*\.php)$" ignoreCase="false" />
                            <action type="Rewrite" url="{R:2}" />
                        <rule name="WordPress Rule 7" stopProcessing="true">
                            <match url="." ignoreCase="false" />
                            <action type="Rewrite" url="index.php" />

    Has anyone seen this problem or know of a solution? Thank you

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