Redirecting domain with and without www


#1

Hi,

I’m trying to redirect a dreamhost-managed domain (emandrick.com) to a website I’m building on heroku (XYZ.herokuapp.com).

I’m struggling to redirect HTTP requests with AND without a leading ‘www’. Note I want to retain the ‘emandrick.com’ dreamhost domain after redirection, i.e. I want:
http://www.emandrick.com to redirect to heroku backend
AND
http://emandrick.com to redirect to heroku backend (ideally remapping it to http://www.emandrick.com so all the URLs are the same).

Under my Domain management panel, I can setup a CNAME DNS Record for www.emandrick.com and this redirects nicely. However, it won’t let me set up a redirect for emandrick.com on its own, telling me that “CNAME records may only be used on sub-domains.”.

How do I redirect ‘emandrick.com’ as well? Is there another method I should be using?

Any advice appreciated!

Thanks,

Rick


#2

Why don’t you just use the “Redirect” option in the Dreamhost panel? That deals with exactly this, I have several sites redirecting using this feature and they work both with and without www (for instance 7is7.net with or without www redirects to www.7is7.com).


#3

Hi Otto,

Thanks for the reply. I looked into redirect … however it assumes you want the domain name from the non-Dreamhost destination site: “Redirect this domain to another site, changing the browser’s address in the process.”

What I need is different, I want to retain the source domain name that I have registered on Dreamhost.

Rick


#4

I am afraid I don’t understand what you want.

Also redirect can go to any domain, dreamhost hosted or not.


#5

Are you wanting to cloak the off-site domain under your domain name?

Not a fantastic idea - but you can do it from Panel > Domains > Manage Domains.


#6

Hi Rick,

I had someone look into your redirect issue. Turns out you needed to set your domain as a redirect, but to the domain itself, just with http://www. included. so emandrick.com should be a redirect to http://www.emandrick.com. My Tech Support lead went ahead and set that up for you, and its working already! :slight_smile:

If you have any further questions/concerns regarding this, please feel free to let us know! Or email us: http://bit.ly/SlXpjh We’ll be happy to help. :slight_smile:


#7

This is exactly what I need help with. Would you or another administrator be able to help me too? I would like [mydomain].com to redirect to www.[mydomain].com. If an admin could PM me, I will reply with my domain.


#8

If you go into the “Edit Domain” section of your panel, there’s a section in there labelled “Do you want the www in your URL?”. Set it appropriately. :slight_smile:

What you don’t need is the “Redirect” section of that page. That’s for setting the whole domain up as a redirect to another domain. If you’ve used that previously, you’ll need to set your domain back up as fully hosted.


#9

Hi Andrew! Thanks for getting back to me. I am not fully hosting using Dreamhost, so what steps should I take then?