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I just moved from Movable Type to a category-based Wordpress site and am now having redirect issues. Help me push my users to the right place!
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I just moved from Movable Type to a category-based Wordpress site and am now having redirect issues. Help me push my users to the right place!

I recently moved my site from Movable Type to a category-based Wordpress site (This is work related so I won't post the site here. but mefi mail me if you need it). To perform the migration, I used the Movable Type and TypePad Importer. After the migration was compete, I categorized the content where necessary.

After this process, I changed the Wordpress category base from "Category" to "cat", as this will make more sense to my users.

This went well, but I am having an issue now with how to set up some redirects.

Old Movable Type site:
- www.site.com/cat = old homepage
- www.site.com/cat/2012/11/sample-blog-post.html

New Wordpress site:
- site.com/
-- /cat is the wordpress category base, e.g. site.com/cat/apples, site.com/cat/oranges
- site.com/sample_blog_post

www.site.com/cat still shows up in Google searches for my site. For some reason, old movable type content is being served up at this address. On my server, I renamed the cat/ directory (a relic from Movable Type) to OLD-cat/.

Now, when users go to www.site.com/cat, they see www.site.com/cat in the browser. I want them to see www.site.com (my Wordpress site).

This 301 redirect in the .htaccess file at the root of my site:

Redirect 301 /cat/ /


...broke my Wordpress category base, so that site.com/cat/apples no longer worked.

Is there a way to set up a redirect or similar so that users who go to site.com/cat will be pushed to site.com, in a way that won't mess with the category base I have chosen?

I also have hundreds of blog posts that look like this:
www.site.com/cat/2012/11/sample-blog-post.html

Is there a way to set up a redirect that will push users who enter addresses that look like this in the browser (www.site.com/cat/2012/11/sample-blog-post.html ) to the corresponding Wordpress location (site.com/sample_blog_post).

I am a newcomer to using server redirects and I could use some help addressing these problems.

Thank you mefites :o)
posted by radiocontrolled to Computers & Internet (2 answers total)
 
I've used this Redirection plugin successfully.
posted by belladonna at 7:41 AM on October 30, 2012


For your redirect Redirect 301 /cat/ / I think what you want is RedirectMatch 301 ^/cat/$ / or RedirectMatch 301 /cat/$ http://example.org/ -- that way the /cat/ redirect doesn't prevent /cat/ based links from working.
posted by artlung at 7:50 AM on October 30, 2012


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