Lighttpd phpBB SEO mod_rewrite Rules

Posted on in Categories Howto, lighttpd, Linux, Tips, UNIX last updated January 4, 2007

PHP Bulletin Board (phpBB) is a popular Internet forum package written in the PHP programming language. It is free software released under GNU GPL Public License.

phpBB supports mods. These are code modifications created by the phpBB community. For search engine optimization you will find MOD here.

However this mod is Apache specific. To run phpBB SEO MOD under Lighttpd web server you need to make modification.

Procedure

First download and apply phpBB SEO MOD by visiting this url.

Open your lighttpd configuration
# vi /etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf

Find out your virtual host (domain) specific configuration and append the rules as follows:
url.rewrite = (
"^.+-vc([0-9]+)\.html$" => "/index.php?c=$1",
"^.+-vf([0-9]+)-([0-9]+)\.html$" => "/viewforum.php?f=$1&start=$2",
"^.+-vf([0-9]+)\.html$" => "/viewforum.php?f=$1",
"^.+-vt([0-9]+)-([0-9]+)\.html$" => "/viewtopic.php?t=$1&start=$2",
"^.+-vt([0-9]+)\.html$" => "/viewtopic.php?t=$1",
"^.+-vt([0-9]+)\.html\?highlight=.*" => "/viewtopic.php?t=$1&highlight=$2",
"^/post([0-9]+)\.html$" => "/viewtopic.php?p=$1",
"^/member([0-9]+)\.html$" => "/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=$1"
)

Note: You must change / with your real phpBB installation folder or with nothing if it’s installed in the webroot /.

Save and close the change. Restart lighttpd webserver:
# /etc/init.d/lighttpd restart

If you are applying mx Google Sitemaps mod add following mod_rewrite rules to above ruleset:
"/sitemaps.xml" => "/sitemap.php",
"/forum-sitemap-([0-9]+).xml" => "/sitemap.php?fid=$1",
"/sitemap-forum.xml$" => "/sitemap.php?forum"

Save and close the file.

Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. He has worked with global clients and in various industries, including IT, education, defense and space research, and the nonprofit sector. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+.

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