XF 1.2 Modified .htaccess, now nothing works.

I was wondering if any HTACCESS pros out there can help as I'm about to throw my computer out the 2nd story window...

So I modified the HTACCESS file and now none of my redirects are working. Every page in Google is coming up 404.

So, I put it back the way it was, before I modified it. (It was working fine before the modification - Google SERPS were indeed redirecting properly)

I waited 5 seconds, and re-uploaded the old version. (The one that worked.)

Even after restoring the file, it still doesn't work. By works, I mean all the redirects fail to work anymore, when they worked before. If I Google my site, all links in the search enging get 404'd to my old forum's page.

As far as I know, I did everything correctly when I did the VB import, including the 301config.php file, archived import, etc. My old forum was in the root, while the new forum is in community. Heck, I figured it worked because redirects occurred for 3 days.

My Old forum: www.website.com
New forum www.website.com/community

My old VB install was using Advanced Links. So

should be going to Xenforo Friendly Urls

Here is what's in the HTACCESS file (The OLD forum ROOT)
RewriteEngine On
#RewriteBase /community/

RewriteRule ^forum\.php$ /community/index\.php [R=301,L]

RewriteRule ^(threads|forums|members)/(.*)$ /community/$1/$2 [R=301,L]
RewriteRule ^$ /community/ [R=301,L]
RewriteRule ^/showthread.php /community/showthread.php
RewriteRule ^/forumdisplay.php /community/forumdisplay.php
Here is what's in the HTACCESS file (The NEW forum root @ Community)
#   Mod_security can interfere with uploading of content such as attachments. If you
#   cannot attach files, remove the "#" from the lines below.
#<IfModule mod_security.c>
#   SecFilterEngine Off
#   SecFilterScanPOST Off

ErrorDocument 401 default
ErrorDocument 403 default
ErrorDocument 404 default
ErrorDocument 500 default

DirectoryIndex index.php

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
   RewriteEngine On

  RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^mywebsite.com/community$ [NC]
  RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.mywebsite.com/community/$1 [R=301,L]

   #   If you are having problems with the rewrite rules, remove the "#" from the
   #   line that begins "RewriteBase" below. You will also have to change the path
   #   of the rewrite to reflect the path to your XenForo installation.
   RewriteBase /community

   #   This line may be needed to enable WebDAV editing with PHP as a CGI.
   #RewriteRule .* - [E=HTTP_AUTHORIZATION:%{HTTP:Authorization}]

   RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -f [OR]
   RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -l [OR]
   RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -d
   RewriteRule ^.*$ - [NC,L]
   RewriteRule ^(data/|js/|styles/|install/|favicon\.ico|crossdomain\.xml|robots\.txt) - [NC,L]
   RewriteRule ^.*$ index.php [NC,L]
Can anyone proficient in the world of HTACCESS see what is going on?
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Odd... so I did a Google search on my website and it turns out all PAGE 1 redirects fail -- I get 404'd. PAGE 2 on Google for the same search, the redirects actually work. Also, despite the directive to redirect non www versions to www, it refuses to do so.

I give up.:(

Adam Howard

Well-known member
Google does not change in real-time. It takes a while (days / weeks) before you will see a difference in Google. So if this is how you're going about it... You're going about it all wrong.