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Need to use 301 redirect with wildcards to rename paths for Google Sitemaps

Discussion in 'Google Sitemaps' started by Trend Hunter, May 2, 2006.

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    I see that my xml file (www.trendhunter.com/sitemap.xml) does not view properly in explorer because some of my category pages have the & symbol in them:
    e.g. http://www.trendhunter.com/cool-hunting/category/Technology-Trends-&-Gadgets/

    I want to fix this, but it means I have to change the name of about 20 category pages which have a -&- in the middle of them, and replace that with a -and-

    Is possible to put something like this in the .htaccess (ie. use wildcards in a redirect)? (this would be IDEAL)

    Redirect 301 *-&-* *-and-*

    OR, is there a way to do the following in PHP:

    {if URL segment_4 CONTAINS “-&-"}
    global $FNS;
    $FNS->redirect('http://www.trendhunter.com/cool-hunting/category/{exp:replace find='-&-' replace='-and-'}{URL_segment_4}{/exp:replace}');

    The ‘catch’ with the above, is that I don’t know how to make the IF statement do a ‘CONTAINS’ query, and I don’t know how to make the replace function replace a & symbol… Either way, the REDIRECT with wildcards is more preferable....
    Trend Hunter, May 2, 2006 IP