All I need is a rewrite that will change example.com/anyphrase into example.com.

Here is what I am using:

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^example\.com
RewriteCond %{SCRIPT_FILENAME} !wp-admin
RewriteCond %{SCRIPT_FILENAME} !activity
RewriteCond %{SCRIPT_FILENAME} !members
RewriteCond %{SCRIPT_FILENAME} !groups
RewriteRule ^([A-Za-z0-9-]+)/?$ index.php [L]

I added the above to the top of my .htaccess file (in WP root). I am running WordPress 3.1.3 multisite (subdomains), WP MU Domain Mapping plugin, and buddypress on example.com. The mapped domain name is example.com, not the actual subdomain.

I was assuming that my rewrite rule would load example.com/index.php, which would load the homepage for the WordPress site. However, I get a "page not found" response shown in my buddypress skin (not a full-blown error 404 page).

1 Answer 1


not sure if this is a problem for you still or not, but if so I noticed a few issues. First off, your domain wasn't set to be case-insensitive [NC]. Second, your RewriteRule regex has a character class ending with a dash. This needs to start with a dash. Third, your rule sends the request to index.php, which means index.php needs to know how to handle the request. If you want to redirect, that's different. Give this a whirl and let me know how you make out:

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^domainXYZ\.com [NC]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !wp-admin
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !activity
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !members
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !groups
RewriteRule ^([^/]+)/?$ http://domainXYZ\.com [L,R=301]


  • Thanks for the reply! I always appreciate input from folks are good with regex and rewrite rules. Not my strongest suit. However, I ended up writing the redirection into a WP template hook instead of using a rewrite rule. add_action('template_redirect', 'my_function');
    – user568428
    Jan 31, 2012 at 5:57

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