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Using a RewriteRule in Wordpress (It's set up, just not working).

Discussion in 'Apache' started by Submerged, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. #1
    Hey guys,

    I've been pulling my hair out over this all night. My goal is to change this:

    into (for now, as a test)

    where "a" could be any letter or word.
    So far, I've learned to put this into my functions page:

    // Mod_rewrite stuff
    add_action( 'init', 'wpse12708_init' );
    function wpse12708_init()
        global $wp_rewrite;
        $wp_rewrite->add_external_rule('/review/reference/vocabulary/by-alphabet/([a-zA-Z_]+)/$', 'temp/urlcheck\.php?myvar=$1' );
    Which, after flushing the rewrites, puts this into my htaccess file:
    # BEGIN WordPress
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteBase /
    RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
    RewriteRule ^/review/reference/vocabulary/by-alphabet/([a-zA-Z_]+)/$ /temp/urlcheck\.php?myvar=$1 [QSA,L]
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
    RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
    # END WordPress
    Code (markup):
    I also tried it without escaping the period of "urlcheck.php", with no change. When I load up the URL:


    It actually redirects to the post with the lowest id (/textbook/introduction/a-brief-history-of-greek/). I have no idea of where to look next. I don't think there are any plugins messing around with it, as I disabled all of my plugins, and still no luck.

    The "urlcheck.php" page is simple, just to test this (I tested this, it's working fine):
    define('WP_USE_THEMES', false);
    $currenturl = $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'];
    echo "Current url: $currenturl<br><br>";
    Any help would be amazing. I don't know what I'm doing with Apache :(.

    P.S. As a side note, I did try a much simpler rewrite (/google.html -> google.com, to paraphrase it), and that worked just fine, so that shouldn't be the issue :).
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2012
    Submerged, Feb 21, 2012 IP