Pretty URL Question for htaccess file

I am a beginner level coder and I am trying to learn about clean URLs and htaccess files.

I want to create a rule that will only execute if “/gallery” is contained within the URL to be linked, and will change:


I have reviewed a few examples, but I’m still a little confused.

Would the following be the correct code?

RewriteRule ^gallery/([0-9a-zA-Z_-]+)/([0-9a-zA-Z_-]+) index.php?targetDisplay=gallery?targetLine=$1$title=$2 [NC, L]

Or does the name after the “^” symbol, have to match the site name (i.e. ^index and index.php ?)

I have been trying some basic experiments and can’t get this to work at all:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteRule ^custom index99.php [NC,L]

If I understand this correctly, I should be able to type: and should be linked to www.index99.php but instead I get a 404 Not Found error. Any ideas on what might be wrong?

Presumably you mean that you should be linked to, yes? Yes, that is what it should do.

Thank you Tracknut, it looks like it was not working because of other rules my webhost had in the file:

# RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} mysite\.com [NC]
# RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80
# RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/\.well-known/acme-challenge/[0-9a-zA-Z_-]+$
# RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/\.well-known/cpanel-dcv/[0-9a-zA-Z_-]+$
# RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/\.well-known/pki-validation/[A-F0-9]{32}\.txt(?:\ Comodo\ DCV)?$
# RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [R,L]

I have no idea what these rules do or if they are vital to the website, but once I commented them out, then this test example worked.

The [L] flag says this is the last rule in the rule set, and no further rules should be processed. It could be that just removing it from their last [R,L] will let yours run.

Thank you again.

Off Topic:

Please use for example URLs, and not, which is a real site.

Thank you.

Will do. Thank you.

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