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Linking to a directory changes the URL

When linking to a directory in the web site without the trailing slash (i.e. the URL changes (i.e. This is due to the Apache web server having to make some guesses about what the intent is.

A directory needs to have a trailing slash. A link that does not have the trailing slash is looked at as being a file first and when no file is found the web server redirects to the "Server Name" of the web site with the URL modified to then have a trailing slash.

To prevent the web server from changing the URL to the "Server Name" insert the following piece of code into a file named .htaccess.
RewriteEngine on
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -d
RewriteRule ^(.+[^/])$ $1/ [R]