How to redirect your site using a .htaccess file

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As a configuration file, .htaccess is very powerful. Even the slightest syntax error (like a missing space) can result in your content not displaying correctly or at all.

Since .htaccess is a hidden system file, please make sure your FTP client is configured to show hidden files. This is usually an option in the program’s preferences/options.

1. Create an empty text file using a text editor such as notepad, and save it as htaccess.txt.

2. Edit the contents of the file. Check the following examples:

301 (Permanent) Redirect: Point an entire site to a different URL on a permanent basis. This is the most common type of redirect and is useful in most situations.

# This allows you to redirect your entire website to any other domain
Redirect 301 / http://mirhoseini.com/

302 (Temporary) Redirect: Point an entire site to a different temporary URL. This is useful for SEO purposes when you have a temporary landing page and plan to switch back to your main landing page at a later date:

# This allows you to redirect your entire website to any other domain
Redirect 302 / http://mirhoseini.com/

Redirect index.html to a specific subfolder:

# This allows you to redirect index.html to a specific subfolder
Redirect /index.html http://mirhoseini.com/newdirectory/

Redirect az old file to a new file path:

# Redirect old file path to new file path
Redirect /olddirectory/oldfile.html http://mirhoseini.com/newdirectory/newfile.html

Redirect to a specific index page:

# Provide Specific Index Page (Set the default handler)
DirectoryIndex index.html

3. Upload this file and re-name it to .htaccess.