redirecting www to non www

Discussion in 'Linux VPS/Dedicated - cPanel' started by Crunchy, Feb 14, 2014.

  1. Crunchy

    Crunchy Member

    There seems to be some misleading info out there on the best way to redirect the domains.

    What would be the best way to redirect to

    I saw the following in another host's tutorial on using the cpanel 301 redirect applet:

    Warning: Never create a redirect for to or from to Doing either will cause an infinite loop. If you need to control the www and index page, you must use mod_rewrite by adding .htaccess code.

    Which would suggest something like this?

    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.(.+)$ [NC]
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://%1/$1 [R=301,L]

    A bit confusing for the coding challenged....

    Frankly, I see it as virtually irrelevant since the vast majority of searches are through search engines, but I guess I'm a bit of a perfectionist....
  2. KH-Jonathan

    KH-Jonathan Director of Managed Services Staff Member

    I believe that code would work. This would also work:

    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www\.
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.%{HTTP_HOST}/$1 [R=301,L]
    As usual, there are multiple was to accomplish this within htaccess.

    Let us know if you need more help :)
  3. Crunchy

    Crunchy Member

    OK, so can I simply copy and paste that into the htaccess file - meaning I don't have to put the actual domain into it?

    Also, is there a specific spot I should put it within the htaccess file? Before or after anything? Probably on their own lines at least....

    Just looking at it the first line says if the domain has www, then use following rule which is to redirect to non-www domain. Hmmm, maybe my nephew was right. They do all seem to use similar syntax.
  4. Mike54

    Mike54 Member

    Crunchy, use this code (inserting your domain in the appropriate locations, of course) -

    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^YOURDOMAIN\.com$
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [L,R=301]
  5. Crunchy

    Crunchy Member

    Thanks, Mike. It ended up being something else altogether actually....

    The nameservers evidently got messed up when their old registrar was bought out by another. I have tried to get them to transfer to namecheap, but no success yet.

    HEY! I didn't even notice the Purdue logo on the penguin. Big win last Saturday, eh?

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