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

jono at charlestonwebsolutions.com jono at charlestonwebsolutions.com
Thu Dec 8 14:14:53 CST 2005

> ----- Original Message -----
> "charlestonwebsolutions.com" goes to my Web site, but the URL remains
> "charlestonwebsolutions.com"
> Nothing wrong with that, it's correct behavior afaik....
> 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
> ummm, you are re-directing to a symbolic link, creating a loop it would
> seem...
> I uploaded my .htaccess to "/" and my site is in the "www" folder.
> There's your problem, your site files may "look" like they are in 'www'
> when you are using your FTP software, but they are actually being served
> up out of public_html. The 'www' is just a symbolic or symlink in
> Apache. Apache is already handling internally what the threadwatch.org
> post is having a problem with, your server is set up correct afaik and
> you don't have to worry about it.
> Anybody know what is happening, and/or how to correct it?  Do any of you
> use cPanel for Redirects and 404 page set up?
> [5] http://www.threadwatch.org/node/2817
> Forget about this article, it doesn't apply to you methinks...
> For a 404 I use htaccess to send the visitor to a php page that emails
> me the page they were looking for, and a bit of other information:
> errordocument 404 /visitortypo.php
> cheers,
>         Mark

Thanks Mark.  So it appears that everything is in order, and I don't need
to worry about the shenanigans and monkey business mentioned in link [5]
at threadwatch?  It is still odd that Firfox understood it, while IE
choked on the .htaccess file, ins't it?

If I were to upload a .htaccess file (say, for a custom 404 page), would I
need to drop it into "www" or "/" or "public_html"?  I'd drop it into the
"/" (root) directory, right?

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

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