Removing VBSEO for vbulletin Reverting back to vbulletin URLs

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# 15  
Old 10-27-2013
Yes, I don't think that will work.

First of all, the example I gave you was for a RewriteBase of / not /Forums/.

Second, you don't need the RewriteCond for this RewriteRule to work properly.

Third, your RewriteRule that you wrote:

RewriteRule (.*) http://xxx.xxxxxxxxxxxxx/Forums/$1 [R=301,L]

.. does not make any sense to me, sorry (your RewriteBase is /Forums/). Why would you do this? What are the URLs you want to rewrite and what is the desired output.

Honestly, I think you should hire a mod_rewrite person to help you, unless you have a test forum set up and you are OK with learning "on the fly".

I have a lot of experience with this; and it is very difficult to get these vBSEO URLs rewritten in a way that insures you do not suffer a big SEO hit from many 404 errors.

Based on the example you provided and the questions you asked, you have a lot to learn about Apache2 mod_rewrite; so you should not do this "learning and experimenting" on your live forum.
# 16  
Old 10-27-2013
First, this is what you gave me which had the Forums in originally no?
RewriteRule /Forums/(.*)/([0-9]+)\.htm /Forums/showthread.php?t=$2


and third, that was the second part of the rule that moved all forum links to forum www. links. We were originally straight url but when we adapted Google Pagespeed service, it had to be www.

Oh and yes...alot to learn but, as you probably know, true expertise is an impossible thing to find. I am by no means cheap but spent a month with the forums down while several people told me they couldnt be fixed.
# 17  
Old 10-27-2013
Yes, but what I gave you was for a RewriteBase of / not /Forums/ as I mentioned to you.

I think for you it would be better if you just use a rewrite base of /, because you will just get yourself confused.

If you want to move URLs, you should use a rewrite base of / as mentioned, to keep is less confusing; and the rule should be like this:

RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [R=301,L]

.. in this example. the RewriteBase is /
# 18  
Old 10-27-2013
... and you did not answer my (indirect) question about a test forum.

Are you doing this experimenting on a live forum and not a test forum?
# 19  
Old 10-27-2013
Originally Posted by Neo
... and you did not answer my (indirect) question about a test forum.

Are you doing this experimenting on a live forum and not a test forum?
Live forum....learn as I go.

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I am sorry but I don't understand rewrite base at all. Not educated and have recieved so much bad advise (other than yours) that I am learning as i go....was hoping there was just a simple rewrite code to go from the VBSEO structure of 567.htm to showthread.php?t=567

Can I hire you eheheheh
# 20  
Old 10-27-2013
...OK, I think you should set up a test forum and learn the basics of mod_rewrite first before you "hack away" with mod_rewrite on your live forum.

You should just mirror your forum and then you can "hack away" and experiment with mod_rewrite and sent it links that are 404 in the main forum log file and watch the 301s in the test forum log file without doing this on your live forum (where Google is indexing you all time time).

You don't want to be experimenting on a live forum unless you are very well versed at mod_rewrite because Google, Bing, etc are indexing you in real time, and they will get more errors and bogus 301s if you are experimenting on the live forum.

What I would do if I were you is:
  1. Set up a test forum that mirrors your live forum.
  2. Look at the access.log in your live forum for 404 errors.
  3. Take those 404s and feed them to your test forum.
  4. Experiment with rewrite rules on the test forum until you are happy.
  5. Repeat for all 404 issues.
# 21  
Old 10-27-2013

Thanks for taking the time boss...appreciated truly. I guess there isnt a simple rewrite for all then.
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