Monthly Archives: June 2011

Htaccess rule creator for new to old urls

Here is a tool to create redirection rules, primarily for rewriting pages based on a query string to a nice seo url.
Created because .htaccess files are the easiest way to break an entire site.

Old Url:
New Url:

The generated rule would be:

RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^page=123&something=else$
RewriteRule .*  htaccess/rules/? [R=301,L]

It can’t handle crossing domains (yet).

Easy php output compression

Below is what I regard as a reliable method of doing gzip output compression.

One thing that normally breaks gzip compression is something printing/echoing before the ob_start (usually the result of an error, debug output, errant space somewhere etc…), this is where the ob_get_length and ob_flush come in.

The problem is that headers_sent is not a reliable way to tell if any thing has been output because it may still be in the output buffer, so if we flush it before hand problem solved.


if (!headers_sent() && @ob_start("ob_gzhandler"))
   //Probably a good idea to exit here as more output would break it