If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you might have noticed I moved this blog from www.theodorenguyen-cao.com to theodorenguyen-cao.com as it was more fitting domain. I originally just registered the domain, added the DNS record, and updated my apache config to have theodorenguyen-cao.com to be an server alias to www.theodorenguyen-cao.com.
This allowed requests to www.theodorenguyen-cao.com/* and theodorenguyen-cao/* respond with the same content. I thought I was done. I discovered this wasn’t the case when I saw www.theodorenguyen-cao.com as a direct traffic source in my google analytics for theodorenguyen-cao.com. To fix the screwed up analytics, I needed to make it so that all requests that go to www.theodorenguyen-cao.com are permanently redirected (301) to theodorenguyen-cao.com.
To do this I had to apply an Apache mod_alias redirect directive as such:
<VirtualHost *:80> VirtualDocumentRoot /var/www/blog ServerName www.theodorenguyen-cao.com Redirect permanent / https://www.theodorenguyen-cao.com/ ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/wp-error.log TransferLog /var/log/apache2/wp-access.log </VirtualHost>
The virtual host for theodorenguyen-cao.com looks like:
<VirtualHost *:80> VirtualDocumentRoot /var/www/blog ServerName www.theodorenguyen-cao.com ServerAlias theodorenguyen-cao.com CustomLog /var/log/apache2/theodorenguyen-cao.com_access.log Combined ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/theodorenguyen-cao_error.log </VirtualHost>
At first I thought this would only fix the simple case of www.theodorenguyen-cao.com redirecting to theodorenguyen-cao.com, but blog.notepath.com/foobar not being translated to theodorenguyen-cao.com/foobar. However, this does exactly what I want. All www.theodorenguyen-cao.com URLs will be replaced with theodorenguyen-cao.com URLs. Old bookmarks will simply redirect to a theodorenguyen-cao.com URL and not 404.
I’m still waiting to see if Google will update the search result links that point to www.theodorenguyen-cao.com to be theodorenguyen-cao.com URLs.