I am fairly new to coding so please bear with me.
I have a situation that I need to resolve quickly and I think a redirect or rewrite will be the correct option.
We have a website that we had to move from unexpectedly (poor host reseller) and rebuild our site on a new host and different shopping cart. basically it was a complete rebuild.
The problem now is that although we moved two weeks ago, we are still not indexed on the new site. Site:domainname comes up with old links that are now 404.
Old links have the url structure .com//item_295/Cancer-Awareness-Necklace-with-Peridot.htm. It's the item_ that is throwing me.
Having scoured the net I managed to write this code, which of course does not work, then I found this forum
this is what I put into .htaccess, where did I go wrong?
RewriteRule ^item_([0-9])/([a-z]+)\.html$ /index.php?main_page=products_all [R=301,L]
thanks in advance