DNS check + NGINX conf + Redirect

April 17, 2016 2.6k views
DNS Nginx Debian

I already tried to search a lot but, I admit, I'm stuck. So I would like to check with you what I have and what I want to achieve:

  • 1 droplet
  • 2 domains (and so 2 websites)

$ORIGIN mydomain1.com.
$TTL 1800
mydomain1.com. 1800 IN A xxx.xxx.xx.xxx ( A record @ => xxx.xxx.xx.xxx)
test.mydomain1.com. 1800 IN A xxx.xxx.xx.xxx (A record test => xxx.xxx.xx.xxx)
www.mydomain1.com. 1800 IN A xxx.xxx.xx.xxx (A record www => xxx.xxx.xx.xxx)
NS & Co. records ok ...

Question: "www" and "test" should be A records or CNAME records?

Then, server side, with NGINX:


server {
        listen 80;

        root /var/xxxxxx/mydomain1.com/xxx;

        index index.php;

        server_name mydomain1.com www.mydomain1.com;


It works. Basic stuff right?

I want to redirect www to non-www

Again I searched and I found it is well covered and documented.
So I followed and tried:

server {
        listen 80;

        root /var/xxxxxx/mydomain1.com/xxx;

        index index.php;

        server_name mydomain1.com www.mydomain1.com;

        return 301 $scheme://mydomain1.com$request_uri;

I got the following message:

"Page is not working"
"mydomain1.com redirected you too many times

2 questions:

servername mydomain1.com www.mydomain1.com;
name www.mydomain1.com mydomain1.com;
server_name www.mydomain1.com;

And why I got this error.

When I play around even if I get the error if I do "curl -I http://www.mydomain1.com" I got the following output:

HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently
Server: nginx
Date: Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:52:47 GMT
Content-Type: text/html
Content-Length: 178
Connection: keep-alive
Location: http://mydomain1.com/

But as soon as I hit the browser I receive the error...

Can you please help me to solve this.
Thank you.

1 Answer

So I found something with the help of this (one more) great resource.

I created a /etc/nginx/conf.d/redirect.conf and put:

server {
    server_name www.mydomain1.com;
    return 301 $scheme://mydomain1.com$request_uri;

Then on site available for domain1.com

server_name mydomain1.com;

I hope it will help someone.

At least even if it works, can you confirm this is the right way...

Thank you

by Mitchell Anicas
This tutorial will show you how to redirect a www URL to non-www, e.g. `www.example.com` to `example.com`, with Nginx on CentOS 7. We will also show you how to redirect in the other direction, from a non-www URL to www.
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