.htaccess rewrite is the best and safe method to rewrite url .Using Htaccess you can do all type of redirect such as 410 , 404 or 301 redirects .To move one url to other you have required 301 redirection .Redirect permanent Apache url to other url using htaccess you have to use RedirectMatch command . To redirect 301 htaccess open the file and add specific code link in it .With this way htaccess rewrite Url redirected old link to new link .
Open .Htaccess File
Login to cpanel and then go to .htaccess file . By default htaccess file is hidden . So unhide all files and locate it . If still .htaccess not found then you have to create a new .htaccess file .
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Best way to edit it , download Htaccess file first then edit it .To edit it you can use only notepad or any other plain text editor . You can’t edit or create .htaccess file using text editors such as Microsoft word or wordpad .
Redirect Permanent Using Redirect 301 htaccess
RedirectMatch 301 command is used to redirect old URL to new one .The code format is as follows .
RedirectMatch 301 Old_URL New_URL
In upper code “Old_URL” represents the deleted or removed url and “New_URL” represent the new location after redirection .
For example : you want to redirect www.example.com/folder to new URL www.example.com/folder_new then the code format is as following
RedirectMatch 301 www.example.com/folder www.example.com/folder_new
After htaccess rewrite save the file .Now www.example.com/folder URL is permanently redirect to www.example.com/folder_new .