I have a web site (hosted on IIS 7.5) that has bindings to four URLs. Something like:

  1. www.example.com
  2. example.com
  3. www.example.net
  4. example.net

What I would like to accomplish using URL Rewrite is that:

  1. Surfing to www.example.com will auto redirect to example.com (and return 301)
  2. Surfing to example.net will auto redirect to www.example.net (and return 301)

I tried using the URL Rewrite (I have no experience using this feature) using the IIS MANAGER > FEATURES > URL Rewrite > Add Rule > canonical domain name, but the problem is that then I can choose one address of those four, that will cause all the other three to be redirected to that, which is not what I need to do.

Can you please help and advise? Is URL Rewrite is a good and possible way to do this?

  • Any ideas, someone?
    – Eran
    Jul 27, 2013 at 8:51

1 Answer 1


Here is the solution:

Add the following rules to the web config:

      <rule name="Redirect domain 1">
        <match url="(.*)" />
          <add input="{HTTP_HOST}" pattern="^www\.example\.com$" />
        <action type="Rewrite" url="http://example.com/{R:1}" />
      <rule name="Redirect domain 2">
        <match url="(.*)" />
          <add input="{HTTP_HOST}" pattern="^example\.net$" />
        <action type="Redirect" url="http://www.example.net/{R:1}" />

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