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XF 1.5 how to redirect from old forum to new xenforo

#1
Hi,
I'm trying to redirect the urls, as they were used by the old forum, to xenforo urls.

The old forum has urls like this for forums for example:

http://forum.website.com/index.php?forum-showtopics-{forum_id}

xenForo urls would look like this:

http://forum.website.com/index.php?forums/{forum_id}/

So, I thought I could just write some rewrite conditions and rules for mod_rewrite and it would work. But it doesn't and not really sure what I'm doing wrong.
I added these lines to the .htaccess in the xenforo directory:

RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^forum-showtopics-(.*)$ [NC]
RewriteRule index.php$ index.php?forums/%1/ [NC]

But if I enter an old url like:

http://forum.website.com/index.php?forum-showtopics-2

I get this error: Route forum-showtopics-2/ could not be found.

What am I doing wrong here?
 
#2
You should enter that redirect rules before the Xenforo provided rules in htaccess as once you are at index.php of Xenforo, it will not be redirected as the rule has L in it which means it is the last rule in the chain. Hope that helps.
 

Jake Bunce

XenForo moderator
Staff member
#4
Try this:

Code:
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^forum-showtopics-(.*)$ [NC]
RewriteRule index.php$ index.php?forums/%1/ [R=301,L]
If that doesn't work then try this:

Code:
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} (^|\?)forum-showtopics-(.*)$ [NC]
RewriteRule index.php$ index.php?forums/%2/ [R=301,L]
I have learned to look for both ^ and ? as the beginning of a query string. This can depend on the web server.