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How do I get the naked domain for my site that is typed into a browser (example.com) to automatically redirect to www.mywebsite.com. Would this be done on the internal IIS web server or through the registration service DNS settings?

I use Register.com and I tried asking their technical support, but they did not answer my question with a usable solution.

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    You would use both: First create a DNS record for the www subdomain as covered in the second part of the answer here, then create a redirect rule for IIS as covered in this answer here. You can also do the later using a web.config file as William covered in his answer.
    – dan
    Aug 5, 2014 at 1:00
  • Off topic, but may I ask why you chose register.com ?
    – Déjà vu
    Nov 6, 2018 at 6:57

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Would this be done on the internal IIS web server

It's possible. There are several ways. I will show the way where you use the web.config file. In your web.config file put the following code:

<rewrite>
    <rules>
    <rule name="Redirect domain.com to www" patternSyntax="Wildcard" stopProcessing="true">
            <match url="*" />
            <conditions>
                <add input="{HTTP_HOST}" pattern="domain.com" />
            </conditions>
            <action type="Redirect" url="http://www.domain.com/{R:0}" />
        </rule>
    </rules>
</rewrite>

Or if you want to use regular expressions:

<rewrite>
    <rules>
        <rule name="Redirect domain.com to www" patternSyntax="ECMAScript" stopProcessing="true">
            <match url=".*" />
            <conditions>
                <add input="{HTTP_HOST}" pattern="^domain.com$" />
            </conditions>
            <action type="Redirect" url="http://www.domain.com/{R:0}" />
        </rule>
    </rules>
</rewrite>
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Just try editing .htaccess file.

Just paste the following code in .htaccess file

#Force www:
 RewriteEngine on
 RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^example.com [NC]
 RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.example.com/$1 [L,R=301,NC]

replace "example" with "your domain name".

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    The OP is asking about IIS, not Apache.
    – dan
    Aug 5, 2014 at 22:01

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