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I want to create pagination on my Category pages. I have added this too the footer and configured it via the config and it shows up as expected.

Pagination

Looks great at first sight, however when I select a different page, for example the 4th page. I get redirected to a link like. https://www.example.com/en/mycategory/where/p/4/

This page gives a 404 error. https://www.example.com/en/category4?p=4

Works fine, I can't seem to be able to change the URL structure anywhere. The first idea which comes to mind is to use htaccess rewrites. But this will get nasty very soon if I am also going to add filters.

Which generate links such as https://www.example.com/en/mycategory/where/dir/asc/order/price/

And changing the amount of products per page generate a link like https://www.example.com/en/mycategory/where/limit/30/ Which all give 404 errors.

This will become a mess to do via htaccess if I ever want to make these combinable.

What place should I look to figure out the URL structure, or where should I activate to accept this url structure? (I prefer to be able to change it because this looks like bad SEO)

Since categories can have subcategories, a link can also have more subdivision before the "/where/" making htaccess even worse. URL: https://example.com/en/mycategory/mysubcategory/where/p/5

Edit: I tried the following htaccess code, which is supposed to be recursive, but I get 500 internal server errrors.

Turn the slashed URL into query strings

RewriteRule ^(.*)/where/([^/]*)/([^/]*)(/.*)?$ $1/where/$4?$2=$3 [L,QSA,R=301]

Remove the "/where/" from the url

RewriteRule ^(.*)/where/?$ $1 [L,QSA,R=301]

(I'd prefer a 301 redirect because of SEO reasons, don't want my pagerank splitting up.)

  • do you have any seo related extension that affects the filtering and paging. Normally the paging should return urls with ?p=4 not /p/4. – Marius Mar 21 '16 at 14:56
  • I have some old ManaPro extensions which used to do that. They messed up filtering links indeed. I deactivated them (uninstalling them crashed the site), so weird that they would still affect URL rewrites. Feels like those old crappy modules are still being called here and there. However I think it might be easier to use the htaccess approach since I am not fully aware of all the modules functions in this installation since I am not the original developer. – Gilles Lesire Mar 21 '16 at 15:18
  • Seems like my htaccess code is correct. Just had to remove the space before the R=301 – Gilles Lesire Mar 22 '16 at 8:36
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Seems like my htaccess code is correct. Just had to remove the space before the R=301

Turn the slashed URL into query strings

RewriteRule ^(.*)/where/([^/]*)/([^/]*)(/.*)?$ $1/where/$4?$2=$3 [L,QSA,R=301]

Remove the "/where/" from the url

RewriteRule ^(.*)/where/?$ $1 [L,QSA,R=301]

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