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Host site in subfolder but redirect with CNAME?

Posted on 2011-03-17
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Can I have a website that is hosted a folder down on the server, like example.com/awebapp, yet redirect it to another domain with DNS settings like CNAME?  The idea is that I'd like to use an existing domain name to host multiple sites in subfolders on that domain, like mystuff.com which is really hosted at example.com/mystuff, or somejunk.com really hosted at example.com/somejunk.

To make things even more complicated, is there anyway that those sites can be covered by one SSL cert, even while they're being 'aliased' or 'forwarded' or what have you?
Question by:David Williamson
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giltjr earned 2000 total points
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You could have a CNAME that points to example.com.  Say you have another domain, somethingelse.com, you could.  In the zone for somthingelse.com you do

www.somethingelse.com. CNAME example.com

You could still need to do http://www.somethingelse.com/awebapp, or if you were running something that supports virtual hosts (called host headers in IIS) you could just do http://www.somethingelse.com and set up the virtual  host so that the default directory is awebapp.

Or if you want to keep everything in the same domain you could.

awebapp.example.com. CNAME example.com.

Then setup a virtual host for awebapp.example.com so that it default directory is awebapp, then you could enter http://awebapp.example.com.

As for the SSL cert, that gets a bit more diffcult.  As long as every host name you want to use SSL for is in the same domain (example.com) you could get a wildcard cert that would cover *.example.com, but you still have to pay for the number of hosts names.  So if you have awebapp.example.com, mysite.example.com, aboutus.example.com, you would have 1 cert, but pay for 3 names.

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by:David Williamson
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thank you, that's very helpful

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