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Multiple domains redirection with url masking?

10:47 am on Sep 2, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Hi there,

I´m getting a bit of trouble configuring some redirections.

We have a multisite web for several white-brand customers, apache as front-end and static content server and Tomcat for the dynamic content.

The main site is www.domain.com.
Every customer has a customer.white-domain.com

When someone goes to http://customer.white-domain.com it redirects to http://www.domain.com/app-customer, that works ok.

We want to mask the redirection so if you type http://customer.white-domain.com it shows the content of http://www.domain.com/app-customer but keeping the original customer url.

My code is the following:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(.*)\.white-domain\.com [NC]
RewriteRule /(.*) http://www.domain.com/app-%1 [R,L]

With that i only get the redirection to work, missing the masking.

Thanks in advance!
11:27 am on Sept 2, 2013 (gmt 0)


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welcome to WebmasterWorld, Joaquín!

you can do this with mod_proxy:
http://httpd.apache.org/docs/current/mod/mod_proxy.html [httpd.apache.org]

you can also Use mod_rewrite for Proxying:
http://httpd.apache.org/docs/current/rewrite/proxy.html [httpd.apache.org]
(assuming mod_proxy is enabled)
12:33 pm on Sept 2, 2013 (gmt 0)

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With that i only get the redirection to work

Darn that mod_rewrite. It insists on doing what you tell it to do, instead of what you want it to do.

[R] flag = redirect. Temporary 302 redirect to be exact. Even without the flag, anything using a full protocol-plus-domain will be a redirect unless you explicitly tell it not to.

If everything lives on the same server it should all work nicely with the [P] flag.

%{HTTP_HOST} ^(.*)\.white-domain\.com

Watch out for that leading .* At a minimum you'd want .+ because otherwise you're allowing for hostnames with leading . Here you probably want \w+ or, if your server prefers, [^.]+

RewriteRule /(.*) http:/ /www.domain.com/app-%1

The %1 came from the subdomain in the last RewriteCond. But what happened to the path of the URL? You captured it, as one would expect, but where does it go?