Hi all, I am sorry if I have posted this in the incorrect place but I couldn't see an Apache section.

I am working on some ReWrites and ReDirects in my htaccess file, my reason for doing this is because I am developing a new design and layout for an existing website therefore I need to redirect to keep hold of the google rankings etc.

So the old (existing) URL looks like this:


and the new URL will look like this:


in the old URL "internet-shopper-numbers-continue-to-grow" is dynamically generated

where as in the new URL "small-business-website-design", "internet-shopper-numbers-continue-to-grow", and "800715788" are all dynamically generated.

So my issue is how do I get from 1 URL to another if only 1 of the dynamically generated variables is available. I was thinking perhaps it would be a good idea to do a PHP redirect instead where I can get the data from the URL process through database to get all data needed to generate the new URL, but im not sure if this is good practice, this would also mean having to match the old url file directory which is not the current case.

I'm guessing I start with something like this:

Options +FollowSymlinks
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond /news/%{QUERY_STRING}(.)(\\d+)(.)(htm)$
RewriteRule ^industry-news/(.+)/%1/(\d{9})

I know this is very basic and kinda wrong but I'm working on this for the first time and im stumped.

Hope someone can help,
Cheers guys.

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The problem i see with that is: how are all the DNS servers going to know an address that keeps changing? it's like trying to find a homeless person(they're always moving).perhaps you could just use the variable 'x' for the # in the real address, then have the alternate address displayed everywhere else within the HTML code?

-edit, uh nevermind , i think read the post wrong

I have overcome this issue by individually creating it, spending hours and hours writing it out - not the best way but I needed to get it done. I redesigned a website and changed the url structure, the website has 600+ urls in this format and I was trying to avoid having to write out tonnes of unique redirects by hand. I could not find a solution so I just wrote it all out.

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