Using .htaccess to forward people to “Today’s” reading

I used this process to expedite access to Gregg Matte’s Moment Devotional

Short url: wyr.es/momentstory

I’m not an expert coder by any stretch of the imagination. However, when I find a problem I like to see if I can find a solution to that problem by gathering a simple solution from others who have pioneered similar solutions.

The Moment Devotional written by Gregg Matte (pastor of Houston’s First Baptist Church) is something I enjoy reading every day. It’s hosted on issuu.com (A neat website that hosts pdfs). Each day of the Moment devotional was on a different page of the pdf and I wanted to create a bookmark on my iPhone to zoom to that day’s devotional with a single touch.

The finished product is available at wyr.es/devo.

The contents of my .htaccess file are here.

I had to figure out how to get today’s date as a url and then redirect that to that day’s page link in moment.

I used the CONCATENATE formula in my First Google sheet to arrange the urls correctly

Here’s the Second Google Sheet I used to compile all the information nicely for the .htaccess file

If you’re trying to do a project like this, let me know if you need some help! Send an email to hello@wyr.es

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