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Redirect existing domain to new site??


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#1 hedera

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 11:26 PM

I've been supporting an online ZenCart site called www.lifering.com for a couple of years. This shopping cart was originally part of a site called, variously, unhooked.com and lifering.org; but 2 years ago we split it out and built it standalone. Now we've remodeled lifering.org, and included an ecwid shopping cart; and we'd like to redirect the lifering.com traffic to the shopping cart on the new site, which has this URL:

hxxp://lifering.org/wp/bookstore/

My problem is I can't remember what to do with the DNS to make it do this. I think I need a CNAME record. I'm not sure. I am sure that if I use a CNAME I disable email for lifering.com, because MX records can't use CNAMEs.

I'm also not sure what to do about the dedicated digital certificate we bought for www.lifering.com, which has 2 years to go on it. I know you can move digital certificates, but I'm not sure you can apply them to a subdirectory of another domain. Can someone advise me how I might proceed here?

Many thanks for any suggestions...

hedera

Edited by Orange Blossom, 25 June 2010 - 09:17 PM.
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#2 hedera

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 06:47 PM

I guess we can call this closed although I'm not sure it really is. I went back to my business partner who said just to use an HTML redirect on the old site, so I built a Javascript time-delay redirect to roll stuff to the new site. This means, of course, that as long as we want the redirect, we have to keep paying for the old site. However, that's an issue for another day.

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 10:59 PM

You can add the old domain name to the same web host (on which lifering.org is). This would save you the extra cost of old web server. If your new webhost does not allow adding more than one domain, you can use a free host like byethost.com (using it just for redirection is not legal but you can start another site on same account like a blog etc. )

Then add a .htaccess file to redirect to the new site. Put the .htaccess at the root of you site (lifering.com) and add this line in the file :

Redirect 301 / http://lifering.org/wp/bookstore/

Edited by Romeo29, 27 June 2010 - 11:02 PM.


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Posted 13 August 2010 - 10:59 PM

Belated thanks for the tip about the .htaccess file. In fact, the technician in charge of the lifering.org site moved the whole domain to GoDaddy (not my favorite ISP but it's where everything else is), so the situation is now stable.




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