I've referenced this question but I'm not sure if I'm clear on how this works given this situation:
I have a client with two brands that are currently online like this:
Brand A (site 1) Brand B (site 2) --- --- site 1 pages site 2 pages
Now, they've had a new site built that combines content from both sites and unifies their two brands into one:
Brand Unified (site 3) --- site 3 pages
Clearly there are 301 redirects I want to put into place for each original site after I update the A records for each domain. However, the new site is a custom WordPress theme and WP only allows for one domain per installation. This leaves me with a situation where I can assign the original TLD from, say, Brand A as the site URL in WordPress, and then have the Brand B domain redirect to A.
I thought I would use a server block like this in the Apache site conf:
<VirtualHost *:80> ServerName site1.com #site1.com now points directly here ServerAlias site2.com #site2.com points directly but redirects ServerAdmin admin@brandAsite.com DocumentRoot /var/www/newsite
So, assuming there is nothing wrong with this configuration, what happens if I try to implement 301 redirects for site1 and site2 links? Specifically, since site2.com is now listed as an alias of site1.com, can I still effectively have 301 redirects in the
.htaccess file in the
/var/www/newsite/ directory or does ServerAlias interfere with that? I'm wondering if it gets aliased to back to site1.com and therefore the 301 rules wouldn't trigger?