Table of Contents
- Configuring a redirect
- Redirecting status code
- HTTPS redirects
- Path-scoped redirects
- Wildcard URL redirects
- Match-based URL redirects
The redirector is a special feature provided by DNSimple that you can use to redirect HTTP/HTTPS requests sent to a host name to a different URL.
This feature can be used, for example, to redirect the www version of a domain to the non-www hostname. Another use case is to redirect a secondary domain you purchased to the main domain without pointing it to any web hosting service.
This feature can’t be used to redirect from one protocol to another protocol on the same host name. For example, you can’t use it to redirect from
https://example.com. To perform a redirect from HTTP to HTTPS on the same host, you’ll need to implement the redirection inside your application. If you host on Heroku, this guide explains how to perform the redirection.
HTTP redirects are available to all plans. HTTPS redirects are available only on the following plans: Professional, Business, Expert Reseller or Master Reseller.
Configuring a redirect
This article contains specific information on how to add, update, and remove a
URL record in DNSimple.
After adding a
URL record, the following redirects will work immediately:
http://source.com => http://destination.com http://source.com => https://destination.com
Redirecting status code
The redirector sets a 301 status code. The code is not configurable, and it’s not possible to return a 302 temporary redirect using the
The DNSimple redirector supports HTTPS redirects. In order to enable it:
Incoming HTTPS requests will be handled automatically with that SSL certificate:
https://source.com => http://destination.com https://source.com => https://destination.com
Only bare domains or subdomains can be redirected, and they can be directed to a URL that either does or does not specify a path. It’s not possible to specify a path in the redirect source.
# Invalid foo.com/blog/ -> bar.com/blog # Valid foo.com -> bar.com/blog blog.foo.com -> bar.com/blog
Any path or query information passed by the user is passed to the resulting URL. If you set up a redirect from
example.com, when the user goes to
blog.example.com/awesome_article they’ll be redirected to
Wildcard URL redirects
You can configure a wildcard redirect using the same conventions of a DNS wildcard record. However, the target can’t contain any wildcard references.
# Valid redirects *.foo.com to bar.com *.foo.com to bar.com/path # This will redirect to the hostname *.foo.com to *.bar.com
The wildcard pattern can only be on the left outermost level.
# Valid redirects *.foo.com to bar.com # Invalid redirects foo.*.bar.com to baz.com
Match-based URL redirects
The redirector doesn’t support redirect targets that include a back-reference (match) to the redirect source. For example, the following redirects won’t work:
*.foo.com to bar.com/$1 *.foo.com to $1.bar.com