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Or do you have to use the htaccess.

The reason i ask is because i just changed our URL structure from www to http and for legacy URL's that might be out there existing on other websites, i do not want them to end up on the homepage.. rather i'd like them to just end up on the old page.. even if it's not the right page any longer.

I've looked through the panel configurations and i believe i set it up originally to send all 404's or old pages to the homepage. I understand i could use catalog > URL redirects but i don't want to possibly have to go through a hundred URL's.. That would be a tedious way of doing that.

Thanks in advance.

update to be a bit more clear:

That sounds good but i just want you to be clear on what the problem is.. here's a better senario... we send out and email that has a link like so: http://www.goodstuff.com/buy/whateverproduct < when i change the base and secure url to http://goodstuff.com/buy/whateverproduct < the link above with www no longer works and directs to the home page. I would like to still preserve that link as well. Is that possible?

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This can be done with 2 lines in the htaccess file rewriting URLs with www to non-www

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.example\.com [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://example.com/$1 [L,R=301]
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  • i updated my question just to be more clear. Thanks for lending a hand already. – thismethod Mar 17 '15 at 0:31
  • what I provided will redirect the url + whatever comes after it to a url with the www. Isn't that what you're looking for? – Sander Mangel Mar 17 '15 at 0:34
  • The main reason i made the switch is for google advertising.. they prefer http:// without the www. But for all other pages that might be out there that link to our website like so: goodstuff.com/whatever < these no longer work and just redirect to goodstuff.com – thismethod Mar 17 '15 at 0:37
  • so did you try what I suggested? – Sander Mangel Mar 17 '15 at 0:38
  • I'm going to try right now. Thank you, i'll let you know in a few minutes. Also, i really enjoy the idea of magestackday.com I saw it in your profile. cool stuff. =] – thismethod Mar 17 '15 at 0:43

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