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#1 Chapman


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Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:15 PM

I have recently updated an image on my site. Unknowingly this has caused a problem for people looking for said image via search engines—how was I to know it was so popular? Being that I have updated it WordPress has placed it in a new directory. The directories for media in WordPress are organized by year and month, i.e. /2012/04/image.jpg I have attempted to create an htaccess redirect of said image but it did not work. This i must attribute to my not knowing much about coding such things and not that a solution exists.

If I want to redirect to what would the proper htaccess entries be?
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 10:54 AM

Did you try any of the online htaccess rule generators?


# Needed before any rewriting
RewriteEngine On

### Built using the .htaccess 301 Redirect Generator from Web Site Advantage
### Place after 'RewriteEngine On' and before any CMS specific rewrite rules

## 301 Redirects
# 301 Redirect 1
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST}  ^mysite\.com$ [NC]
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING}  ^$
RewriteRule ^wp-content/uploads/2011/01/coolimage\.jpg$ [R=301,NE,NC,L]

You can try that and see if it works.
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 07:59 PM

Did you try any of the online htaccess rule generators?

You can try that and see if it works.

I did not, before now. I reentered with the actual addresses which turned out the same code but it did not work. I even tried with opening and closing adding <IfModule mod_rewrite.c> Still nothing.

How do I tell google the image has moved or how do I move the image back to the original location and update the database?
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 02:44 AM

It is a more advanced way of doing it, but you could use SSH access and create a symbolic link from the old location to the new. It'd mean people would see both the new and old image, rather than being redirected to just the new one, but it'd mean the old version would be updated as well (and it *might* play more nicely with some browsers - I'm not sure if any browsers can't handle 3XX status codes on <img> tags). If you've not got it already, ask ASO for SSH access, log in, delete the old image and then run:
ln -s /home/you/path/to/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/coolImage.jpg /home/you/path/to/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/coolimage.jpg

With the code Billzo gave you, did you Ctrl+F5 the image to force a refresh and a new request to the server? It could be that you've still got it cached and so your browser never made a new request and so wasn't told that the image had moved. You could also remove the two RewriteCond lines, as they're both optional (but will help in some specific circumstances).
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