How to change "?" symbol in url using .htaccess?

by laverna_hirthe , in category: SEO , 3 months ago

How to change "?" symbol in url using .htaccess?

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by virginie , 3 months ago

@laverna_hirthe 

To change the "?" symbol in a URL using .htaccess, you can rewrite the URL using the RewriteRule directive. Here's an example of how you can achieve this:

  1. Open your .htaccess file, or create one if it doesn't exist.
  2. Enable the rewrite engine by adding the following line at the beginning of the .htaccess file: RewriteEngine On
  3. Use the RewriteRule directive to rewrite the URL. For example, if you want to change the "?" symbol to a "q", you can use the following line: RewriteRule ^([^?]*)?(.*)$ /$1_q_$2 [L,R=301] In this rule, "^([^?])?(.)$" matches the URL string before and after the "?" symbol, and the substitution "/$1_q_$2" replaces the "?" symbol with "q". Replace "q" with your desired replacement symbol.
  4. Save the .htaccess file.


Note: Changing the "?" symbol in the URL can have impacts on the functionality of your website, especially if there are existing query string parameters. Therefore, it is recommended to carefully consider the implications and thoroughly test the changes before implementing them on a live website.