WWW to non-www Lamp Stack redirect not working

I have a droplet that I am trying to get www to redirect to the non-www domain. I have A records for both and and they both point to the correct IP address. When I connect to the www subdomain, I am currently receiving a connection refused page but nothing is showing in the access or error.log. I have configured the site to be virtual host and have AllowedOverride All for the directory. Inside the root of it, I do have a .htaccess with the WWW redirect. No luck. Any suggestions? Any and all resources I have looked at are saying it should work, so I must be missing something.


This is my current rewrite rule:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.(.*)$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://%1/$1 [R=301,L]

And my virtual host conf

NameVirtualHost *:80
<VirtualHost *:80>
        ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost
        DocumentRoot /var/www/

        <Directory /var/www/domain/public_html/>
            Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
            AllowOverride All
            Require all granted

        ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
        CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined

        <IfModule mod_dir.c>
            DirectoryIndex index.php index.cgi index.html index.xhtml index.htm


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Accepted Answer

Hi there,

The configuration looks correct, what I could suggest is double-checking your DNS records and making sure that the www version has a CNAME record pointing to your main domain name.

You can use this DNS tool here to check your active DNS records:

Regards, Bobby