[thelist] 301 Redirects OK with Firefox, not OK in IE

jono at charlestonwebsolutions.com jono at charlestonwebsolutions.com
Thu Dec 8 12:36:35 CST 2005


I recently ran into a few articles [1 -5] discussing 301 redirects, and
the positive effect they can have as far as how www and non-www URLs get
treated by Search Engine spiders, etc.

So, I tried my site out, and sure enough the URL
"charlestonwebsolutions.com" goes to my Web site, but the URL remains

Next, I tried to use an .htaccess file to redirect
"charlestonwebsolutions.com" to "www.charlestonwebsolutions.com"

I added the following to a text file

Redirect permanent / http://www.charlestonwebsolutions.com

and saved it out as ".htaccess"  I then uploaded the .htaccess file to
the root directory of my server using Dreamweaver's FTP.  When I loaded up
"charlestonwebsolutions.com" in Firefox, I was relieved to see the URL
load as "www.charlestonwebsolutions.com"  BUT, in Internet Explorer, when
I tried to go to "charlestonwebsolutions.com" IE just sat there and spun
for about a minute, until it eventually returned a "You are not allowed to
access this page" error.  Needless to say, I have since removed the
".htaccess" but I still am trying to figure out what happened, so that I
can correctly set up the redirect.

My server info:
Operating system  	Linux
Apache version  	1.3.33 (Unix)
cPanel Build  	10.8.1-STABLE 31

Server structure:
  +-- etc
  +--  mail
  +--  public_ftp
  +--  public_html
  +--  tmp
  +--  www

I uploaded my .htaccess to “/” and my site is in the “www” folder.

I also tried to use cPanel's "Redirects" area, but that resulted in
another IE problem where the page just never loaded.  IE's progress bar
showed the page was fully loaded, but the page never rendered/appeared?

Anybody know what is happening, and/or how to correct it?  Do any of you
use cPanel for Redirects and 404 page set up?

[1] http://www.seomoz.org/articles/301-redirects.php
[2] http://www.seomoz.org/blogdetail.php?ID=194
[3] http://www.webconfs.com/how-to-redirect-a-webpage.php
[4] http://www.tamingthebeast.net/articles3/spiders-301-redirect.htm
[5] http://www.threadwatch.org/node/2817

Jono Young
Designer | Developer | Illustrator
Charleston Web Solutions
Bringing Higher Standards to the Lowcountry

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