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Understanding VB5 URL format and .htaccess
by karlm
26 Jul 2016 22:15

Hello all!

The new VB5 URL format seems to be alike this:

http://mywebsite.com/forum-layer1/layer2/345id-thread-name

Great.

In the past, we could showthread.php?t=345 to get to the same thread regardless what forum it resided in.

http://mywebsite.com/showthread.php?t=345

It literally didn't matter where it was, whether it got move, redirected etc. all sorts - you could always get to your post using that snazzy showthread.php


Today, showthread.php doesn't seem to exist and the numbers for identifying posts have been changed, so topic #501 no longer is topic #501, instead it's something like topic #12345

I realise there is some kind of operation in place to redirect old 'showthread' to the new format.

But, if I want to create an .htaccess to move old topics to new URL formats, where do I even begin?

The site, unfortunately, went through a series of changes for URL layout (I'd set my preferences then another admin changed it, then it changed again, then I had to upgrade to VB5 due to a mistake I'd made with the test forum)...

So the most listed format for is:

http://mywebsite.com/345id.htm
(ie it had a name of the domain/forum-name/12345.htm

But the new URL is:

http://mywebsite.com/forum/layer1/layer2/345id-thread-name


The team at vBulletin.com are pushing allllll the blame on VBSEO even though it used the same ID found in 'showthread.php' for whatever format you used in VBSEO settings.

For example, showthread.php?t=12345 was the same as the VBSEO format of domain/forum/idname.htm both would direct you to the same thread.

Can I possibly get some assistance with writing a .htaccess rule to redirect the old domain/forum/idname.htm to the "new & improved" VB5 version of

http://mywebsite.com/forum-layer1/layer2/345id-thread-name

?

Any help immensely appreciated. :)

Replicant 27 Jul 2016 15:09

http://mywebsite.com/showthread.php?t=345 shorthand url
can be done in vb5 like this
http://mywebsite.com/node/345

karlm 29 Jul 2016 12:22

Thank Replicant. I can't "like" this post, I have to dish out more likes elsewhere first, apparently. It's a shame staff seem less inclined to support as contributors.

http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/forum...ms-to-not-work

DouglasUK 17 Aug 2016 12:35

Quote:

Originally Posted by Replicant (Post 2574023)

While that is helpful, it does not address the problem: converting incoming urls from around the web into something useful for vb5's altered way of working.

As the OP said, topic 501 is no longer topic 501 but something like topic 1234. So what used to be delivered with
showthread.php?t=501
is not necessarily the same as what is delivered with
/node/501
(but sometimes is!).

Surely the 'upgrade' wouldn't have been so clumsy as to alter the references without retaining a table somewhere, or having a fixed formula to apply? (It's bad enough that we are now showing so many broken links, due entirely to the terrible upgrade, that Google has discontinued our site from being listed!)

Paul M 17 Aug 2016 12:57

Quote:

Originally Posted by karlm (Post 2574103)
Thank Replicant. I can't "like" this post, I have to dish out more likes elsewhere first, apparently. It's a shame staff seem less inclined to support as contributors.

http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/forum...ms-to-not-work

Taking digs at the "staff" isnt going to get you any answers.


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