I am using Wordpress 5.2.3 for a new website on a new server set up.

I have pointed the existing domain at the new server.

The old website was installed on a sub-directory. So Google etc. has indexed mywebsite.com/sub-directory for the various pages.

What is the best way to go about setting up a htaccess redirect so that any visits to mywebsite.com/sub-directory/ go to mywebsite.com/?

To clarify mywebsite.com/sub-directory/about-us would redirect to mywebsite.com/about-us

Can anyone please provide a solution?

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At the top of your root .htaccess file (before the WordPress front-controller) add the following:

# Redirect from /subdirectory/<anything> to `/<anything>`
RewriteRule ^subdirectory/(.*) /$1 [R=302,L]

Change the 302 (temporary) to 301 (permanent) only once you have confirmed it works OK in order to avoid caching issues.

UPDATE: If I wanted to add a further rewrite /subdirectory/old-page to /new-page how would the rule change please?

You would add another rule before the above "generalised" redirect. The most specific redirect(s) should go first in order to avoid conflicts - the first rule that matches, wins in this scenario.

For example:

# Redirect from /subdirectory/old-page to `/new-page`
RewriteRule ^subdirectory/old-page$ /new-page [R=302,L]

# Redirect from /subdirectory/<anything> to `/<anything>`
RewriteRule ^subdirectory/(.*) /$1 [R=302,L]

Note that the above redirects /subdirectory/old-page exactly (ie. no trailing slash) - as in your example. If there should be a trailing slash then add a slash before the end-of-string anchor ($), in other words: ^subdirectory/old-page/$.

Or, to make the trailing slash optional, so it accepts request URLs with and without a trailing slash, use the ? quantifier. eg. ^subdirectory/old-page/?$. Now, it will match both /subdirectory/old-page and /subdirectory/old-page/ and redirect to /subdirectory/new-page (no trailing slash).

  • You are a genius @MrWhite that has worked perfectly. Feb 7, 2020 at 8:15
  • If I wanted to add a further rewrite /subdirectory/old-page to /new-page how would the rule change please? Feb 7, 2020 at 8:23
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    You would add an additional before the generalised redirect. I've updated my answer.
    – MrWhite
    Feb 7, 2020 at 11:12

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