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How to Configure alias domain redirect at DNS level?
Is this even possible?

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Msg#: 4269997 posted 7:34 am on Feb 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

I own widget.org which I use, but I also own widget.com.

I would like to setup widget.com to redirect to widget.org:

widget.com/anything => widget.org/anything
anything.widget.com => anything.widget.org
anything.widget.com/anything => anything.widget.org/anything

Ideally, I would like to set this up at the DNS level.

Is this possible?

(If it is relevant, GoDaddy is my domain register, and widget.com is currently parked with them.)




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Msg#: 4269997 posted 7:06 pm on Feb 22, 2011 (gmt 0)

There's no concept of "redirection" in DNS.

The setup you describe is usually achieved as follows:

  1. setup DNS for example.org ("A" record with address of webserver)
  2. setup DNS for example.com ("CNAME" pointing to example.org)
  3. configure webserver -- either
    • "redirect" example.com requests to example.org, OR
    • serve the same pages for both domain names

If you care about google ranking etc, you want to redirect to a single canonical hostname (example.com, as well as www.example.com and www.example.org, should all redirect to example.org).


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Msg#: 4269997 posted 9:16 pm on Feb 22, 2011 (gmt 0)

Point all the domains at one server.

On that server install a
.htaccess file with mod_Rewrite that tests what was asked for and issues a redirect if necessary.
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