URL Redirecting for your BirdDog site.

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URL Redirecting for your BirdDog site.

In this document we will show you how to redirect your URL.  Redirection is when you redirect a URL, like test.com to www.test.com.  If we are hosting your site, you do not need to worry about this.  We have already taken care of it.

Why Must I Do This?

Redirection is necessary due to how the SSL and BirdDog sites work.

SSL's are URL dependent.  You can pay for a more expensive SSL and have additional URL's registered to it.  But with a simple redirect, you can save yourself the trouble and money.
 
BirdDog sites also apply settings based on the incoming URL.  This is so you can host multiple sites using our software off the same server and database; and these sites can look complete different.

Your main URL will normally be www.test.com and you should set up a Web Server Redirect for test.com to www.test.com.

On a site, note a simple DNS A Record won't work because it does not change the URL to www.test.com.  The web server would continue using the test.com URL and the site SSL would not work unless you had that URL registered to your SSL.  Also, the site would not look and work correctly unless you entered another site into the site settings that were set up like your main site settings.  This is an option, though, if you want to go thorough the trouble of setting up a 2nd URL.

How Do I Set This Up?

These instructions are for Microsoft Web Servers.  That is all our software will work on right now.

  1. Bring up your web server and create add a new web site.
  2. Follow the prompts for creating the new site.  Give it a useful description, like 'redirect - test.com', and use the defaults (which won't actually matter because we are about to change it to a redirect.)
  3. Now right click on the site and select Properties.
  4. Click Advanced on the Web Site tab and add a host header value for this site.  Click OK.
  5. Now go to Home Directory tab and change The content for this resource should come from: selection to A redirection to a URL and enter your full URL. (Like www.test.com)
  6. Select The exact URL entered above check box.
  7. Set the Application pool correctly and click OK.
  8. Make sure the web site and application pool are running and you're done.
This should now redirect any incoming request for test.com to www.test.com and save you the trouble mentioned above.

If you have any other questions feel free to contact support@birddogsw.com.