5 Must-Have .htaccess Snippets


1. Redirecting HTTP to HTTPS

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
RewriteRule (.*) https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [R,L]

2. Redirecting www to non-www

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

3. Redirecting non-www to www

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www.
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.%{HTTP_HOST}/$1 [R=301,L]

4. Redirect Old Domain To New Domain

RewriteEngine On
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^example.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.example.com [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://example.net/$1 [L,R=301,NC]

Replace example.com with the old domain name and example.net with the new domain name in this snippet.

By default the RewriteRule above removes the query strings (like ?product_type=dresses). The QSA flag helps you retain the query strings. So instead of [L,R=301,NC] you can use [QSA,L,R=301,NC].

5. Block visitors from a particular IP

order allow,deny
deny from
deny from 123.45.6.
allow from all

There are a few more snippets that I tend to use and as time passes I wish to keep this page updated for my own handy info.

6. Simple 301 redirect

<ifmodule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
Redirect 301 /some-url-without-domain-name https://www.example.com/url-to-be-redirected-to
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