Redirect Everything Except Root Page with .htaccess

Recently, I moved my website to a different domain. For good SEO, we should redirect everything, including path to a new domain.

However, due to some reason, I need to maintain the root (index page) page, but I can redirect all other URL from the old to a new domain.

To do this, I have to edit the .htaccess file in the root domain & add the following code. Remember to replace “yourolddomain” & “yournewdomain” with your domain name before using it.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www\.)?yourolddomain\.com$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^.+${REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]

How to Add a Trailing Slash to URLs in CakePHP

I’m building more web projects but found out that Content management System (CMS) that I normally use like WordPress, phpMyDirectory and others does not fulfill my needs. I’ve learned about PHP Framework such as CakePHP & decide to try it. With PHP Framework, I can build my own CMS. After many hours of working with it, I get it to works as per my needs.

My first CakePHP project completed but find out that many of the URLs generated does not have trailing slash. There is speculation that it is important for SEO. To do this you have to modify 2 files.

1. /app/View/Helper/AppHelper.php

Add the following codes in AppHelper.php. You can add more extension if you use it in order to avoid trailing slash inserted after the extension.

class AppHelper extends Helper {

function url($url = null, $full = false) {
        $routerUrl = Router::url($url, $full);
        if (!preg_match('/\\.(rss|html|js|css|jpeg|jpg|gif|png|xml?)$/', strtolower($routerUrl)) && substr($routerUrl, -1) != '/') {
            $routerUrl .= '/';
        return $routerUrl;


2. /app/webroot/.htaccess

Need to modify .htaccess file so that non trailing slashed URLs will be redirected to trailing slashed URLs. This is to avoid duplicate content, which is not good for SEO. This code is not limited to CakePHP, you can you for any other purpose.

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
 # Add trailing slash
 RewriteEngine On
 RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
 RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
 RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !(\.[a-zA-Z0-9]{1,5}|/)$
 RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1/ [L,R=301]