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I have several domain names that need to point to individual pages on a single host and still maintain the URL. For example:

examplesite1.com needs to point at mainsite.com/examplesite1.php but still display examplesite1.com

examplesite2.com needs to point at mainsite.com/examplesite2.php but still display examplesite2.com

The host doesn't allow parked domains and has very limited add-on domains, so it seems my only way of linking the domains is via web forwarding. I can get the forwarding to arrive at the correct pages, but I don't seem to have any control over it with .htaccess and therefore the actual URL displays - presumably because the redirect happens prior to arriving at the host.

Is there any way around this? I'd rather not use the registrar's cloaking or use frames if I can avoid it.

Edit: Requested info

I have tried to implement this, examplesite1.com is set to forward to mainsite.com

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www\.)?examplesite1\.com$
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.mainsite.com/examplesite1.php [R=301,L]

I've also tried several variations of similar .htaccess rules but nothing has any effect at all.

I have tried doing this with the 1 add-on domain that I'm allowed, adding examplesite1.com as an add-on domain. This results in the correct page loading, but it displays the 'actual' url

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Can you post the .htaccess code that you have tried, and what the results were? –  nathangiesbrecht Apr 18 '13 at 14:16
    
@nathangiesbrecht Added, thanks –  JoeP Apr 18 '13 at 15:20
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If the URL changes then it's a redirect if doesn't then its not a redirect... there's no workaround. You don't want a redirect method as it won't work.

Theses are just some methods that will work:

I'm not going to explain every method since you can find all this info on stack overflow.

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This is the easiest method.

Lets say you have:

  • Mainsite = var/www/

    • SiteA = var/www/siteA
    • SiteB = var/www/siteB

      1. Make a index.php file in SiteA with <?php include 'var/www/examplesite1.php';
      2. Make another file in SiteB with <?php include 'var/www/examplesite2.php';
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