How our FTP was setup, the root level is Website #1. Website #2 has it's own directory folder inside that root.

Both websites refer to the same .htaccess.

If I do Redirect 301 /example/ http://www.website2.com/example/, there will be a redirect loop.

It will redirect http://www.website1.com/example/ to http://www.website2.com/example/.

Then also redirect http://www.website2.com/example/ to http://www.website2.com/example/ (which creates the redirect loop)

What I want is to somehow only redirect http://www.website1.com/example/ to http://www.website2.com/example/ without creating the redirect loop.

NOTE: I do NOT want every webpage on Website#1 to redirect to Website#2. Just that specific URL to the new URL.

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You'll need to use mod_rewrite (as opposed to a mod_alias Redirect) and check the HTTP_HOST server variable (which tells you which site has been accessed). Something like the following at the top of your .htaccess file:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www\.)?website1\.com$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^example/(.*)$ http://www.website2.com/example/$1 [R=302,L]

Change the 302 (temporary) to a 301 (permanent) redirect if you need a permanent redirect, but only after you have tested to make sure it's working OK. (301 redirects are cached by the browser so can make testing problematic - unless you test with the browser cache disabled.)

This redirects /example/<something> to http://www.website2.com/example/<something>, in much the same way as the original Redirect directive would do (which is prefix matching).

UPDATE: To redirect just the homepage, ie. http://www.website1.com/ to http://www.website2.com/, you can use something like the following:

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www\.)?website1\.com$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^$ http://www.website2.com/ [R=302,L]

Note the RewriteRule pattern ^$ - this matches the empty URL (ie. the homepage only). (Note that the URL matched by the RewriteRule pattern is less the directory-prefix.)

  • 1 more question: How do I redirect; just the homepage. Website1 homepage, to Website2 homepage? I tried doing the same way, but it is redirecting everything, to the equivalent version.... Do I need to wrap it in quotes or something? So it's exact match redirect?
    – Michael
    Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 18:29
  • 1
    I've updated my answer. I assume there's no example subdirectory this time - literally just the document root - one domain to the other.
    – MrWhite
    Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 18:36

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