How to create a www redirect for my app

So I have an Nuxt app running on DO. Currently only the ‘naked’ domain works(so without www) and when I visit the www. version it doesn’t work.

So what I have tried is adding a CNAME-record - Hostname - and as value the naked domain(e.g. ‘’). Now when I try to visit the www. version I get the following Cloudfare error:

Error 1001

DNS resolution error

I tried following this article:

But I can’t find any nginx or apache folders in the /etc/ folder in the console.

So how would I go about doing this?

Thanks in advance!

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Bobby Iliev
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September 6, 2023

Hi there,

Redirecting from www to a non-www domain (or vice-versa) usually involves two main steps:

  1. Configuring DNS to ensure that both the www and non-www domain names resolve to the correct IP address.
  2. Setting up server-side redirects to ensure that visitors to one version of the domain are seamlessly redirected to the preferred version.

Based on your description, it appears you have a DNS resolution issue, possibly in addition to not having a server-side redirect set up.

Here are a few things that you should check:

1. Check DNS Settings:

First, ensure the DNS settings are correct:

  1. Your A record should be set for pointing to the DigitalOcean droplet’s IP.

  2. Your CNAME record should have the www version pointing to The settings usually look like:

    • Type: CNAME
    • Name: www
    • Value:

Note: If you’re using Cloudflare, make sure both records (A for and CNAME for www) are proxied (orange cloud icon) or set to DNS-only (grey cloud icon) based on your preference.

2. Server-Side Redirect:

If you cannot find the Nginx or Apache configurations, it’s possible your application is served by a different server, or perhaps it’s running in a Docker container, or the DigitalOcean App Platform.

However, since you mentioned it’s a Nuxt app, you might be using Nuxt’s built-in server. In this case, you can handle redirects within your Nuxt configuration.

Nuxt Redirect: In nuxt.config.js, you can set up a redirect like this:

export default {
  serverMiddleware: [
      path: '/',
      handler(req, res, next) {
        if (^www/) !== null ) {
          res.writeHead(301, {
            Location: 'https://' +^www\./, '') + req.url
        } else {

This middleware checks if the incoming request uses the www subdomain and, if so, redirects it to the non-www version.

3. Check Propagation:

After making DNS changes, it might take some time for the changes to propagate. Use tools like DNS Checker to ensure your domain’s DNS is correctly updated worldwide.

Let me know how it goes!



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