Using mod_rewrite for a Christmas frontpage

Posted: December 15th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: .htaccess, Internet, mod_rewrite, Programming | No Comments »

I needed to add a quick splash to our homepage to give an update on our Christmas opening hours.

I added a quick jQuery pop-up to our index.php, then saved that as index_xmas.php.

Then it’s a simple matter of adding a line to our .htaccess file:

Redirect 302 /index.php

All requests to index.php are now sent to index_xmas.php.

The “Redirect 302” code tells the browser that the redirect is temporary and that it should continue to use the regular URL.

After Christmas all I have to do is remove that line from the .htaccess to resume normal service.

Mod_rewrite on BT Business hosting

Posted: July 23rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: .htaccess, BT, Internet, mod_rewrite, Programming | No Comments »

I was banging my head earlier with a mod_rewrite problem. The site in question is to be hosted on BT Business hosting. My mod_rewrite rules were running perfectly on my local MAMP environment, and on my test environment at Dreamhost. But it kept crapping out at BT.

Solution – it turns out that BT’s hosting needs the RewriteBase condition filled in. In my situation I was running the test software in a directory called ‘test’ so I needed to add

RewriteBase /test

to my .htaccess file.

When I move it out of ‘test’, to the full domain, I will modify .htaccess to

RewriteBase /

Hope that saves you a bit of head-scratching!