I wish to have my flavors.me use my own domain, yet still wish to retain access to own_domain.com/blog

The way flavors.me works now is that I must have the DNS A record point at their IP. Which obviously will prevent me from still having access to own_domain.com/blog

Am posting this to gather some ideas. What ought to be the best way of solving this?

I am trying to stave off the need for a subdomain for the blog if I can help it.

Is there some magic with htaccess and domain masking that can occur without SEO penalties?

Thank you.


If they must have an A or CNAME record pointing to their service, you cannot have it at the same FQDN as your existing site, period.

blog.own_domain.com would solve your problem; you can set up an .htaccess giving an HTTP 301 redirect on www.own_domain.com/blog pointing to blog.own_domain.com.

Content of your new .htaccess file:

RewriteEngine ON
RewriteRule ^/blog(.*)$ http://blog.own_domain.com/$1 [R=301,E]

The (.*)$ and $1 catch anything after /blog and include it at the end of the new URL.

If that doesn't seem to work, try this instead:

REDIRECT 301 /blog http://blog.own_domain.com/

If the content is dynamic, use this instead, adjusting as needed:

RewriteEngine ON
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^id=13$
RewriteRule ^/page.php$ http://www.example.com/newname.htm? [L,R=301]

Using 301 should not affect your SEO. Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/URL_redirection#HTTP_status_codes_3xx

  • @romant: If this helped you, mark it accepted. Thanks! – Alex Mar 17 '10 at 14:49

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