Tag: .htaccess

Rewriting tag underscores to hyphens for WordPress 3.1

When I first moved existing content to this domain, I had a pile of tags coming from Movable Type with underscores (“_”) in them. Upon getting them into the new database, I changed the underscores to hyphens using a SQL script, but then had to worry about redirecting old links to new. I wound up with a very long .htaccess file full of 301 directives that looked like this:

Redirect 301 /tag/tags_with_underscores/ https://michaelgracie.com/tag/tags-with-underscores/

With the upgrade to WordPress 3.1, I started having problems with URL rewrites – the culprit wound up being the Advanced Permalinks plugin. That plugin had been used as a patch, allowing pretty permalinks to function alongside some stray special characters such as periods (“.”). Once I disabled it I was forced to clean up those special characters, and it then dawned on me that this list of redirects was WAY too long. So I set out to conjure another solution for the original underscore issue. After significant research, followed by too much trial and error, this is what I came up with…

If you are using clean URLs, WordPress has inserted this chunk of code into your site’s .htaccess file:

# BEGIN WordPress
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
</IfModule>
# END WordPress

Inserting this additional code in between “RewriteBase /” and “RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]” will change the underscores in individual tags to hyphens:

#begin permanent tag fix
RewriteRule ^tag/([^_]*)_([^_]*)_([^_]*)_([^_]*)$ tag/$1-$2-$3-$4 [L,R=301]
RewriteRule ^tag/([^_]*)_([^_]*)_([^_]*)$ tag/$1-$2-$3 [L,R=301]
RewriteRule ^tag/([^_]*)_([^_]*)$ tag/$1-$2 [L,R=301]
#end permanent tag fix

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Be careful what you write…again

The idea that folks think they can blog and nobody is listening is ludicrous. It can cost you your job and cost you your home. And if you have committed a crime, and you admit it on your blog, it can cost you your freedom.
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