Forum Topic: Redirecting pages with spaces in the old url (%20)
Just bought you book… happy to have it now… it will be very helpfull…
I?ve search in it the responce of one of my problem and and don’t found it…
I had a new client that have, in his old site, many files to redirect.
Everything goes well untill I have old files that have spaces (%20) in the document?s name…
I have more than 100 like this…
Redirect 301 /folder/the%20document%20name.pdf http://www.website.com/folder/subfolder/the-new-document-name.pdf
I’ve tried this code
Redirect 301 "/folder/the document name.pdf" http://www.website.com/folder/subfolder/the-new-document-name.pdf
It works but… as soon as I have more than 2 like this in the htaccess file… it bugs
Can you help me?
6 Replies to “Redirecting pages with spaces in the old url (%20)”
Thank you for buying my book, I’ll gladly try to help with this. Using
RedirectMatch should help get us there. Here is one way to match the blank space character:
RedirectMatch 301 /folder/the(\s)document(\s)name.pdf http://www.website.com/folder/subfolder/the-new-document-name.pdf
Basically the trick is to use
\s for matching blank spaces.
Depending on the URLs, there may be further ways of consolidating the redirect patterns into fewer rules — it all depends on what needs matched.
Hi again… I’m working with french speaking website also…
I have the same probleme with some url contening accent (ex: e, a, i etc)
How can I code the redirect of those ones?
I’m able to redirect URLs containing those containers just using them literally, like so:
RedirectMatch 301 test http:/example.com/
If that’s not working, something else could be interfering.. what are a couple of example URLs that aren’t redirecting properly?
Ok, I will try it … I will let you know if it works well
Ok… just had the chance to try your trick for the first part of my problem ( blank spaces) I’v try it with only two link to redirect as I’ve done previously with the
" " coding…
does not work… it brings me on an error page…
Okay, three questions that will help troubleshoot:
- What version of Apache
- What is the URL that doesn’t redirect
- What is the exact redirect code you are using
It may be that something else is interfering with the redirect, so this info will help diagnose further..