Drupal 7 301 redirect in htaccess file

A 301 redirect in an .htaccess file isn't that hard. 

But Drupal has a really long and complicated .htaccess file. 

In this use case we will add a 301 redirect in the .htaccess file of a Drupal 7 install on shared hosting. Drupal is installed in the webroot. 

What should be toggled on? 

These should be on: 

  • Options +FollowSymLinks
  • RewriteEngine On

Where should I place the 301-redirect code? 

I put my code just after: 

# RewriteRule ^ http%{ENV:protossl}://%1%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]

And before: 

# Modify the RewriteBase if you are using Drupal in a subdirectory or in a

An example of a RewriteRule that redirects projects-0 to projects: 

RewriteRule ^projects-0 /projects [R=301,NC,L]

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