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htaccess and subdomain problems


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3 May 2010 at 4:36am Community Member, 8 Posts


i'm a bit new to programing and silverstripe, and i have now some nasty problem with my current installation:

i installed silverstripe to root and have a subdomain in root/folder/

now, first my subdomain wasn't working. i asked around a bit and took the rewriterule line out of the htaccess file. that seemed to solve the problem at first, i could access the subdomain now. but later i found out that my primary domain isn't working anymore, i get the 403 Forbidden site

i looked through the forum and tried every given advice i found, but nothing seems to work.

i added RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d without anything more than that my subdomain still works.

if i leave it, both pages give me the 500 internal server error page.

as i only changed the htaccess it has to be the problem, so i would really appreciate any advice or solution as i really need both pages running =)

thanks in advance!

PS: if there is yet a topic referring to this problem i haven't found, please link!


3 May 2010 at 5:27am (Last edited: 3 May 2010 5:39am), Community Member, 80 Posts


3 May 2010 at 5:59am (Last edited: 3 May 2010 5:59am), Community Member, 8 Posts

hm, none of those two solved my problem =/ now i again have both sites with 500... thanks anyway =)


3 May 2010 at 6:22am Community Member, 48 Posts

I have several nested sites running inside my silverstirpe installation. I just add these two lines to the .htaccess file after the RewriteBase line:

RewriteRule ^subfolder$ subfolder/ [R,L]
RewriteRule ^subfolder/(.*)$ subfolder/$1 [L]


3 May 2010 at 9:11am (Last edited: 3 May 2010 9:12am), Community Member, 901 Posts

I prefer to create a separate .htaccess for the subdomain. That's usually the cleanest way to solve the problem, because you don't have to put RewriteRules for a subdomain into the SilverStripe rewrite rules.

If you don't need url-rewriting for your subdomain, just put an .htaccess with the following content into your subdomain folder:

RewriteEngine Off

... and revert your .htaccess for your main site to the SilverStripe default rewrite rules.


6 May 2010 at 7:58am Community Member, 8 Posts

yeah, the last one did it =)

thank you very much!


15 March 2011 at 4:49am (Last edited: 16 March 2011 8:34pm), Community Member, 79 Posts

I have the same problem as Drachenvinter
My SilverStripe CMS on plased on /home/split/public_html/split/
and subdomain with phpBB forum (CPanel plase it on /home/split/public_html/split/forum/)

when I go to
[url][/url] or [url][/url]- Forum work good

when i go to
[url][/url] - forum not work
I have

500 Internal Server Error

And RewriteEngine Off
in subdomain
not work for me ((


16 March 2011 at 8:33pm Community Member, 79 Posts

solution to my problem was
after adding the following lines in .htaccess silverstripe site [url=]Split[/url]

   RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/forum/.*
   RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^forum\.split\.lviv\.ua
   RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www\.forum\.split\.lviv\.ua

forum [url=]Split forum[/url] started to work correctly