I'm new to nginx and am trying to figure out an issue with redirection. I'm trying to redirect a website from a host running a web application to another domain. That part I've done but I'm looking to mask it. When it redirects, I don't want the user to know they've gone to another domain.

I've substituted the domain names for privacy of my client. But, they are on a Linode at test.com that's running a web application that's at sub.test.com. All I want is for any user visiting test.com to be redirected to a temporary site hosted on other.com but without exposing the domain.

Previously, someone had shown me how to do it but it was a long time ago and I no longer have the information to reference. Can someone help me out? I don't want to expose the domain of the testing environment.

server {

    listen       80;
    server_name  www.test.com test.com www.test.net test.net;

    rewrite ^ http://other.com/sub permanent;

    #location / {
    #    root     /srv/http/www.test.com;
    #    index    index.html;

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    So, you want to proxy it instead of redirecting? Nov 11, 2012 at 0:24
  • That would work. I'm not sure the best way to do this really. I'm not very savvy with administration work as I am just taking over a project from someone else who used nginx.
    – user144992
    Nov 11, 2012 at 0:44

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The usual solution is to stick the destination site in a frame. But keep in mind that anyone with half a clue can figure out what the site actually is.

  • I'm not sure how to handle putting the destination site in a frame. Also, it's not that i'm worried about it for the sake of security, it's just for presentation purposes.
    – user144992
    Nov 11, 2012 at 0:51

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