• This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn more.

XF 1.2 phpbb URLs are not redirecting to new 'seo' URLS?


Active member

I've just moved from phpbb to xenforo -

Site: http://motovlog.com

Old URLS are; https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=site:motovlog.com&oq=site:&aqs=chrome.4.69i57j69i58j69i65l2j69i59.5071j0j7&sourceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8

The above URLS are NOT redirecting to the new structure?

I've tried this http://xenforo.com/community/resources/redirection-script-for-phpbb-3-0-x-without-seo-urls.2326/ which caused 404s

The site is established and we have a good amount of links - If I can't fix this then it's like start new which is well, argh........

Any hep would be appreciated

I've password protected the site while sort it

user; dan
pass; getin


Active member
For example;

http://www.motovlog.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=5295 - Should go to http://motovlog.com/threads/ive-ditched-the-recent-topics-bit-for-a-short-while.5295/

htaccess is below - I;ve removed the line that was suggested by the php redirect script as that broke new urls

#    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

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    RewriteEngine On

    #    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 /xenforo

    #    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]
AuthName "dan"
AuthUserFile "/home/motovlog/.htpasswds/public_html/passwd"
AuthType Basic
require valid-user


XenForo developer
Staff member
Because of the password, we can't see what the redirects are doing. However, if I recall, the redirects in that script only work if you've maintained IDs (it doesn't use the look up system of, say, the vB redirect scripts). Based on your examples, this should be ok though. However, if you say you didn't add the line listed in the resource, that will very likely break the resource and cause the redirects to not work.

Also, I should note that the URLs given in Google don't appear to meet the standard phpBB structure. They're things like topic1234.html so you would need rewrites to match them (at the top of the .htaccess) to redirect them to the standard URLs (or to that phpbb.php script).


Active member
password is in the OP :)

I did add the line but that caused everything to 404 - I've added it so you can see for yourself, now, none of the URLS work at all


Active member
I have added
RewriteRule ^(viewforum|viewtopic)\.php phpbb.php [NC,L]

To the file, then everything will 404

edit - I've spotted where you linked to ;)