URL masking using htaccess

Posted on 2014-10-01
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Last Modified: 2014-10-03
Hi Everyone

I have a domain - sennajean.com.au - that redirects to sennajeandesigns.bigcartel.com
The redirection works fine but I would like sennajean.com.au to remain in the address bar so clients don't know its a Bigcartel website.

Can someone please tell me what I need to add to the htaccess file to get this masking working


Michael Tiemann
Question by:tiemannitservices
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Lucas Bishop earned 2000 total points
ID: 40356150
This will require more than htaccess to fully mask your domain over the top of the Big Cartel store.

You'll want to setup a "custom domain" inside of Big Cartel and update the DNS records for sennajean.com.au to point at your Big Cartel store.

First, inside of your Big Cartel admin:
Go to Store > Settings > Domains, add sennajean.com.au

Next, you'll need to update some DNS settings.
You'll do this via your registrar or your hosting provider, depending on where you are managing your DNS settings.
It looks like your name server is at tiemannhostingservices.com -- so wherever you manage that record, is where you'll make the change.

You will want to add in a CNAME record:
Alias: www
URL: sennajeandesigns.bigcartel.com

Next, you'll want to setup a 301 redirect in the htaccess file to send people from the root domain to www:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^sennajean\.com.au$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.sennajean.com.au/$1 [R=301,L]

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That should just about do it.

Author Comment

ID: 40356334
Hi Lucas

Thanks for the info. That has helped
I have done that and now www.sennajean.com.au and sennajean.com.au stay in the address bar when the Bigcartel page shows but as soon as you click on one of the links like About Us or Contact, for example, the address bar reverts to sennajeandesign.bigcartel.com/about or sennajeandesign.bigcartel.com/contact

How can I mask that as well?

Michael Tiemann
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Expert Comment

by:Lucas Bishop
ID: 40358691
Hi Michael,

When I click on the links you mentioned, I see the correct url in the address bar:

I'd try clearing the cache in your browser. Either that or you've already figured it out.


Author Comment

ID: 40358923
Hi Lucas

Thanks for your help.  I have already figured it out. Your comment helped though so I shall give you the acceptance

Michael Tiemann

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