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I'm trying out WinHost and I'm running into some issues with sub-domains. On WinHost, you can have multiple sub-domains per hosting account, but each sub-domain points to the root website. E.g. you can have www.example.com, sub1.example.com, and sub2.example.com but all of them display the content at http://www.example.com/.

Other Hosts allow you to point sub-domains to a sub folder in your website. This would allow you to point sub1.example.com to /sub1, sub2.example.com to /sub2 and www.example.com to /.

WinHost recommends using an asp/aspx page to redirect http://sub1.example.com to http://sub1.example.com/sub1, which points to /sub1. While that would work, I'd like to not have the subdomain in the url twice.

So I tried using IIS7 URL Rewrite to point http://sub1.example.com to /sub1. Ben Powell describes this in detail on his blog. This is great, except Request.ApplicationPath is now /sub1/path/to/current/page.aspx, which breaks ASP.Net Themes (and probably other stuff too).

What can I do to fix the ApplicationPath? Is there a better way to accomplish this?

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In addition to the redirect, you will need to mark each site as an application in IIS. WinHost should have a control panel or way for you to mark each of the sites as their own application. That will make folders like /sub1/ as a root application.

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  • Yes, /sub1 is an application root but it doesn't help the ApplicationPath problem. For the time being, I changed the rule to redirect to sub1.example.com/sub1 instead of rewriting it. It's not pretty, but it works.
    – jrummell
    Apr 23 '10 at 20:35
  • I'm not positive of the syntax right off but it's something like Request.ApplicationPath("~\") that will give you the path relative to the root of the application that you're currently in. Apr 26 '10 at 19:06
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I couldn't figure out how to fix the application path, so now I'm simply using the URL Rewrite Module to redirect (not rewrite) from http://sub.example.com/abc to http://sub.example.com/sub/abc. It's not ideal, but it works. See my blog post for the details.

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  • Thanks for this blog. I've been struggling with the same issue ever since WH4L sold-out and moved to a new platform offering less features than before so I was looking at WinHost. I'd ended up at the URL rewrite workaround for this but like you, I'm struggling to get Response.Redirect("~/MyPage.aspx") working May 18 '10 at 7:13

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