Unable to get www to redirect to non-www

  • Posted May 6, 2013


My site is currently working fine at the url ‘’. I’d obviously like '' to get re-directed to ‘’ though.

I’ve tried the various suggestions in these threads and the documentation, and unfortunately none seem to work for me - I just get an error from my internet provider when I try to view the www version, and a time-out when I try to ping it. I would be extremely grateful if you could let me me exactly what I have to do to get this working.

This is my current set up:

A Record:
Hostname: @
IP Adress: my.ip.address CNAME:
Hostname(mysite): www
Hostname: @ (also tried

and in my htaccess:

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c> RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !=on RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.(.+)$ [NC] RewriteRule ^ http://%1%{REQUEST_URI} [R=301,L] </IfModule>

Many thanks.


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@gokay.mustafa: To enable mod_rewrite, run the following commands as root: <br><pre>sudo a2enmod rewrite <br>sudo service apache2 restart</pre>

Hi guys! Can you be more specific about it? I don’t understand how to enable mod_rewrite.

OK, this is working now - I guess I just a had to wait a bit of time for something to kick in. <br> <br>Many thanks.

Its seems the ifModule mod_rewrite tags are being stripped by the forum.

Apologies - I should have included that with my post. Here is the full mod_rewrite rule: <br> <br><IfModule mod_rewrite.c> <br> Options +FollowSymlinks <br> RewriteEngine On <br> RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !=on <br> RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.(.+)$ [NC] <br> RewriteRule ^ http://%1%{REQUEST_URI} [R=301,L] <br> RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f <br> RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d <br> RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !index <br> RewriteRule (.*) index.html [L] <br></IfModule>

You have to enable mod_rewrite (a2enmod rewrite) and add RewriteEngine On before the RewriteCond’s.