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Redirect with header("Location: ...")


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3 December 2009 at 1:38am (Last edited: 3 December 2009 1:40am), Community Member, 80 Posts

hello all,

i would like to do a redirect to a certain domain. I tried to use the php funtion header("Location:");

i thought i could edit this in the file main.php at line 63:

if(!headers_sent()) header("Location:; Content-type: text/html; charset=\"utf-8\"");

but nothing changes.
do you know the right place to change the header location?



3 December 2009 at 5:15am Community Member, 279 Posts

Have you thought about using a RedirectorPage?


3 December 2009 at 5:46am (Last edited: 3 December 2009 5:48am), Forum Moderator, 1796 Posts

I've used that many times, but you have to be sure no other output is been made.

reading [url][/url] it seems that every example ends with an 'exit' statment to ensure that nothing else is written afterwards. Also I have only used a plain url there have you tried that too?


Lastly I agree with above poster, have you tried:



3 December 2009 at 8:53am (Last edited: 3 December 2009 8:55am), Community Member, 712 Posts

> i thought i could edit this in the file main.php at line 63:

The very last thing you should do is modify core files like main.php. That just leads to grief.

> it seems that every example ends with an 'exit' statment to ensure that nothing else is written afterwards.

exit(); prevents further code execution, so don't use it after Director::redirect :)

As the other posters have said, use a RedirectorPage, or a method in your controller that uses Director::redirect.

This has the following effect:

1. Sets the correct Location header and HTTP code

2. Provides a suitable html output for browsers that refuse to respect the redirection (or even are just a bit slow about it - it will says "Redirecting to..."

3. Additionally adds meta refresh and javascript redirect just to be sure.


3 December 2009 at 9:56pm Community Member, 80 Posts

hello together,

i forget to say what i exactly want to do. i have serveral domains linking to the same target / directory. I´ve read that google doesn´t like it to find the same content for different domains. So i want to specify a main domain and the other domains should be redirected to the main domain.

If somebody arrives at he should be redirected to

bye and thanks,


3 December 2009 at 11:03pm Community Member, 243 Posts

If you're trying to redirect multiple domains to one, then you really shouldn't use the Location header.

The Location header sends a 302 redirect, not a 301 (what google wants) and it's also hitting PHP for no reason at all.

You can easily set a 301 redirect in the .htaccess or in your servers control panel using domain pointing.

Something like this in your .htaccess should work:

RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^id=13$
RewriteRule ^/page.php$ [L,R=301]


Or in DirectAdmin control panel you can set domain pointers so that lots of domains point to one domain - just add a pointer and uncheck the 'create alias' box. I'm not sure about cPanel or others, but i'm sure it is possible.


26 December 2009 at 6:04am Community Member, 80 Posts


redirecting via htaccess worked fine. for each domain i added these two lines at the top of the htaccess file:

RewriteCond %{HTTP_Host} ^(www\.)?otherdomain\.com$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [L,R=301]