So, in a pre-emptive attempt to not have to install phpBB 3.0 in a director called /phpBB2/, I've moved the boards on a site I'm working on to a folder called /forums/.
So, instead of going here:
Users will go here:
I put a file redirect in the old phpBB2 directory, but that's simple stuff.
What I am REALLY interested in knowing is how to redirect traffic from URLs to other posts that users have referenced within the forums themselves to go the right spot and make the right call to the server. Such that...
A call for the URL:
Will perform an external REDIRECT to the following, new location:
I'd like to do this seamlessly.
I'm not a back-end person, so I don't know much about Apache servers, .htaccess files and mod_rewrite other than what I can find in the documentation at the Apache site. I'm sure it's all there, but I can't figure out regular expressions, nor do I understand Perl to be able to make some sort of call to a mapping file that I would have to create, if that is the case.
Could someone please help me out with this? (read: tell me exactly how to do it because I don't can't figure it out)
Also, I think this is something worth considering including in the release of phpBB 3.0 since its default directory might likely be set to /phpBB3/ rather than /phpBB2/. This is why I'd rather use a generic word such as "forums". The admin folks here might consider simplifying this to just /phpBB/ and dropping the version number in folder default... you know, kinda like this one is right here on this server.
Thanks in advance for letting me tap your wonderful minds.