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From David Blomstrom <david_blomst...@yahoo.com>
Subject [users@httpd] Mod_rewrite Newbie Questions
Date Mon, 15 Aug 2005 01:52:18 GMT
I've bookmarked several mod_rewrite tutorials and am
currently working on one at
http://www.devarticles.com/c/a/Web-Services/Make-Dynamic-URLs-Search-Engine-Friendly/3/

I very quickly got hung up on a couple items. Before I
continue, let me give you a brief overview of what I
want to do.

You can see a page where I want to display articles
about animals at http://www.geozoo.org/stacks/

If you change the URL to 
http://www.geozoo.org/stacks/index.php?taxon=Animalia,
then you can click "Chordata" at the top of the column
on the right, changing the URL to
http://www.geozoo.org/stacks/index.php?taxon=Chordata.
You can continue clicking Mammalia, followed by any
order, with similar results.

I want to change this so the URL's follow this
pattern:

http://www.geozoo.org/stacks/Animalia
http://www.geozoo.org/stacks/Chordata
http://www.geozoo.org/stacks/Mammalia

There will tentatively be articles for kids at the
following rewritten URL's:

http://www.geozoo.org/kids/stacks/Animalia
http://www.geozoo.org/kids/stacks/Chordata
http://www.geozoo.org/kids/stacks/Mammalia

Another section produces raw URL's that look like
these:

http://www.geozoo.org/topics/index.php?topic=Biomes
http://www.geozoo.org/topics/index.php?topic=Tundra
http://www.geozoo.org/topics/index.php?topic=Tundra+Mammals

I want them shortened to...

http://www.geozoo.org/topics/Biomes
http://www.geozoo.org/topics/Tundra
http://www.geozoo.org/topics/Tundra+Mammal

So I have three basic "raw" URL's that look something
like this:

http://www.geozoo.org/stacks/index.php?taxon=Animalia
http://www.geozoo.org/kids/stacks/index.php?taxon=Animalia
http://www.geozoo.org/topics/index.php?topic=Tundra+Mammals

I want them to display like this:

http://www.geozoo.org/stacks/Animalia
http://www.geozoo.org/kids/stacks/Animalia
http://www.geozoo.org/topics/Tundra Mammals

* * * * * * * * * *

The tutorial directed me to visit the infamous
mod_rewrite RewriteRule Generator at
http://www.webmaster-toolkit.com/mod_rewrite-rewriterule-generator.shtml

I want to get this up and running on my computer
first, and I assume everything will automatically be
translated for the Internet when I publish my files
online. So I used
http://geozoo/stacks/index.php?taxon=Animalia as an
example of "Your Dynamic URL," then chose Directory

I entered this for Page Name:

http://geozoo/stacks/Animalia

It generated this rule:

Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine on
RewriteRule index/(.*)/(.*)/$ /stacks/index.php?$1=$2

...and said my page would be rewritten to this URL:

http://geozoo/index/taxon/Animalia/

Instead, I want it rewritten to
http://geozoo/stacks/Animalia/, which will translate
(I hope) into http://www.geozoo.org/stacks/Animalia.

But I decided to play with this for the time being. So
I created a .htaccess file and pasted the rule in it.

But when I type http://geozoo/index/taxon/Animalia/
into my browser, I get no results. So I appear to be
doing at least two things wrong.

* * * * * * * * * *

I haven't been restarting my computer at various steps
of this tutorial, because I haven't been directed to
do so. I have a str_replace function designed to
replace spaces in multi-word phrases like "Tundra
Mammals" with a +, but I'm using it on this page yet.

Do you have any idea what I'm doing wrong?

Thanks.


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