Redirect old URLs with Numbered IDs

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Londinium
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Redirect old URLs with Numbered IDs

Post by Londinium » Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:50 am

Hi everyone,

I have searched the forum, but I still haven't found the optimal answer for the following question:

In a Joomla-based website with thousands of articles, how do we redirect the old numbered ID URLs to the new routing system?

In other words, how do we get from:

example.com/567-an-old-article-written-in-2012

to

example.com/an-old-article-written-in-2012


Does Joomla's new routing system take care of the job?
Should we do it ourselves via the Redirect Component?
Should we add an instruction to .htaccess? Which one?
Should we install a plugin that does the work?

I would really appreciate your thoughts, as I am struggling to move 14,000 articles with IDs to the new URL system. ;)

Thank you very much,

Cheers,

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Per Yngve Berg
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Re: Redirect old URLs with Numbered IDs

Post by Per Yngve Berg » Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:19 pm

Code in .htaccess to remove id number.

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RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} [0-9]+-
RewriteRule ^(.*)/[0-9]+-(.*)$ $1/$2 [R=301,L]

Londinium
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Re: Redirect old URLs with Numbered IDs

Post by Londinium » Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:58 am

Thank you very much for your feedback, Per.

I believe this is a much better solution than just using the Redirect component tool, right?

Cheers,

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Re: Redirect old URLs with Numbered IDs

Post by devonolivier » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:25 pm

For everyone still interested in this problem i've just found a plugin doing the auto redirection to the new url without IDs... looks great but i've not tried it

https://extensions.joomla.org/extension/jredirects/
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