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January 22, 2011 / Samer Baydoun

Fixing CPanel problem in redirecting domains to a URL friendly website

On one of the websites on an Apache server, I wanted to redirect two additional domain names to the main one, while using rewriting engine for URL friendly feature. I tried to use for that  the Redirect tool of CPanel with the Wild Card Redirect check. But like anything in a developer’s working life, it doesn’t work as one needs. The two domains didn’t work, with a “Server Not Found” error.

Back to the .htaccess file that the Cpanel modified I have found that the redirecting code is inserted after my friendly URL code:

RewriteEngine on
#URL Friendly
RewriteRule ^js/ - [L]
RewriteRule !\.(js|css|htm|gif|jpg|png)$ index.php

#Redirecting first domain
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^firstDomaing.com$ [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.firstDomain.com$
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ "http\:\/\/www\.targetDomain\.com$1" [R=301,L]

#Redirecting second domain
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^secondDomain.net$ [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.secondDomain.net$
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ "http\:\/\/www\.targetDomain\.com$1" [R=301,L]

Putting the URL friendly code after the redirecting code solved the problem. But wait, it still gives the “Server Not found” error when referring to a sub-directory at one of the redirected domains. To fix this I just needed to add \/? at the beginning of the redirecting RewriteRule so that it redirects the sub-directory to the root directory of the target domain.

But what if I need to redirect a sub-directory of the redirected domain to the same path at the target domain. To do it, I replaced $1 with %{REQUEST_URI} at the end of the same line. And with some refinement, I’ve got the code working properly:

RewriteEngine on

#Redirecting domains
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^firstDomaing.com$ [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.firstDomain.com$ [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^secondDomain.net$ [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.secondDomain.net$
RewriteRule ^\/?(.*)$ "http\:\/\/www\.targetDomain\.com%{REQUEST_URI}" [R=301,L]

#URL Friendly
RewriteRule ^js/ - [L]
RewriteRule !\.(js|css|htm|gif|jpg|png)$ index.php
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  1. Philips Ekuma / Jul 24 2014 10:43 am

    Thanks a million Samer! Your solution here has saved me. I was literally vacillating at why only my home page redirects and nothing else. The webconfs.com redirect tool still reports my urls redirects as not being SEO friendly, but I’ll see if I can get around that. Gracias!

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