My web site's front page was stale and ugly. It was time for a makeover, but I am not much of a web site beautifier. I thought this blog might be a good entry point, but it was already installed under
/blog/page/kasper/. I thought it would be too hard, and probably a bad idea, to make the blog run directly under
/, but I still wanted
/ to point to the blog.
The first thing I tried was the
refresh meta tag. I added this line to my
That worked--it forwarded to the blog--but it looked amateurish. The web browser displayed the old
/index.html file briefly before displaying the blog page--very dissatisfying.
The next thing I tried was Apache Redirect. I added this line to kasperowski.com's
VirtualHost entry in the
Redirect permanent / http://kasperowski.com/blog/page/kasper/
At first, I thought that worked great. When a web browser requested
/, it immediately displayed
/blog/page/kasper/. It broke everything else, though. Every page under
/ was redirected to
/blog/page/kasper/. For example,
/foo redirected to
/blog/page/kasper/foo, which didn't exist.
My final idea was Apache RedirectMatch. I wanted
/, and only
/, to redirect to the blog, and everything else to behave like usual. I replaced the
Redirect line in
RedirectMatch permanent ^/$ http://kasperowski.com/blog/page/kasper/
That did exactly what I wanted:
/ is the only thing that redirected to
/blog/page/kasper/. Everything else, like
/foo, worked that way it did before.