website question

Posted on 2014-02-20
Last Modified: 2014-03-01

I'm going to use this site just as a random example.

When I browse to:, It prepends:  

Question: What is telling the site to prepend that?
Is there a file somewhere that tells the user which "LOCATION" to go to?
Question by:trojan81
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by:Dave Baldwin
ID: 39875819
That something in their web site software.  To check, I just went to that web page and I got exactly the same thing and I've never been there before.  Note that going to gets redirected to with the rest of that query string added to it.  It's just something they have chosen to do.
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by:Gareth Gudger
ID: 39875850
It does the same for me. Once the user hits there website, it is likely just redirecting. is probably just a proxy front end, or, a load balancer appliance.

Author Comment

ID: 39875870
Hi guys, I understand that they chose to do that. I'm wondering how they do that.  Is this programmed into their VPN appliance and not editable?
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by:Gareth Gudger
ID: 39875880
Its just probably using a proxy or load balancer. Possibly even URL rewrite.
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by:Dave Baldwin
ID: 39876020
This has nothing to do with VPN.  It is a standard operation that I can do on any of my websites if I want to and there are several ways to do it.  In addition to the URL rewrite, proxy or load balancer suggested by diggisaur, I can simply write code in a server side language that will do that.
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Accepted Solution

Dave Baldwin earned 500 total points
ID: 39876031
If you click on this link , you will see that I have duplicated that effect on my site.  It's part of a test page that includes re-writing URLs and detecting which one was selected.

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ID: 39898179
Thank you Dave Baldwin.
The answer to my question was that the URL re-writing is hard-coded into the page.

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