Support » Networking WordPress » Multisite non www domain is redirecting to primary domain

  • Lee

    (@romanempiredesign)


    Hi,

    I have been dealing with this issue for weeks now and it’s driving me crazy. I need some help figuring out what’s going on. I have a multisite with 4 sub sites that is set up on Amazon AWS OpsWorks, EC2 and S3. I did not set this up, I just came into it. Each site is set up in Network > Sites > Settings with a path of / and each has their own custom domain set to http://www.site1.com, http://www.nextsite.com, http://www.thirdsite.com, etc.

    All of these sites work except for the last one. That site needs to change domain names to a newly acquired one. For example, http://www.site4.com needs to be come http://www.newsitefour.com. As soon as we changed it in site settings, it started redirecting to the primary domain for the master site. So we changed it back to the old domain and it still redirected to the primary domain.

    We set it back to the www version of the new domain, disabled Total Cache and re-enabled it. Now, by some luck or chance, the www version of the new domain name is correctly loading the last sub site, however, the non www version of the same domain redirects to the primary domain.

    This site is not using any type of domain mapping plugin. We cannot use WPMU Domain Mapping because we have load balancers and multiple IPs that are served up for the same site.

    I checked Apache vhosts and that is set up correctly, as all sites are resolving properly and the last one is resolving to the main site.

    I checked the DNS configurations in Route53 and the domain that is not working is set up exactly the same as the ones that are working. Plus, the domain actually does resolve to the main site on the network, so I assume it’s pointed correctly and the problem lies in WordPress.

    Here is my HTACCESS file. Some info has been edited for privacy and to remove redirects unrelated to this post:

    # Redirect non-www urls to www
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^primarydomain\.com [NC]
    RewriteRule (.*) http://www.primarydomain.com$1 [R=301,L]
    
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^sitetwo\.com [NC]
    RewriteRule (.*) http://www.sitetwo.com$1 [R=301,L]
    
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^sitethree\.com [NC]
    RewriteRule (.*) http://www.sitethree.com$1 [R=301,L]
    
    (The reason there is no www redirect for sitefour.com is because when I add it, the non www redirects to the www version, but the www version goes into an infinite redirect loop.  The others work fine.)
    
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.sitefour\.com$ [NC]
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.newsitefour.com$1 [R=301,L]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^sitefour\.com$ [NC]
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.newsitefour.com$1 [R=301,L]
    
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^sub.externalsite\.com$ [NC]
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.newsitefour.com$1 [R=301,L]
    
    # add a trailing slash to /wp-admin
    RewriteRule ^([_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/)?wp-admin$ $1wp-admin/ [R=301,L]
    
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -f [OR]
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -d
    RewriteRule ^ - [L]
    RewriteRule ^([_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/)?(wp-(content|admin|includes).*) $2 [L]
    RewriteRule ^([_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/)?(.*\.php)$ $2 [L]
    RewriteRule . index.php [L]
    
    # BEGIN W3TC CDN
    <FilesMatch "\.(ttf|ttc|otf|eot|woff|font.css)$">
    <IfModule mod_headers.c>
        Header set Access-Control-Allow-Origin "*"
    </IfModule>
    </FilesMatch>
    # END W3TC CDN
    # BEGIN W3TC Browser Cache
    <IfModule mod_mime.c>
        AddType text/css .css
        AddType text/x-component .htc
        AddType application/x-javascript .js
        AddType application/javascript .js2
        AddType text/javascript .js3
        AddType text/x-js .js4
        AddType text/html .html .htm
        AddType text/richtext .rtf .rtx
        AddType image/svg+xml .svg .svgz
        AddType text/plain .txt
        AddType text/xsd .xsd
        AddType text/xsl .xsl
        AddType text/xml .xml
        AddType video/asf .asf .asx .wax .wmv .wmx
        AddType video/avi .avi
        AddType image/bmp .bmp
        AddType application/java .class
        AddType video/divx .divx
        AddType application/msword .doc .docx
        AddType application/vnd.ms-fontobject .eot
        AddType application/x-msdownload .exe
        AddType image/gif .gif
        AddType application/x-gzip .gz .gzip
        AddType image/x-icon .ico
        AddType image/jpeg .jpg .jpeg .jpe
        AddType application/json .json
        AddType application/vnd.ms-access .mdb
        AddType audio/midi .mid .midi
        AddType video/quicktime .mov .qt
        AddType audio/mpeg .mp3 .m4a
        AddType video/mp4 .mp4 .m4v
        AddType video/mpeg .mpeg .mpg .mpe
        AddType application/vnd.ms-project .mpp
        AddType application/x-font-otf .otf
        AddType application/vnd.ms-opentype .otf
        AddType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.database .odb
        AddType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.chart .odc
        AddType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.formula .odf
        AddType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.graphics .odg
        AddType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.presentation .odp
        AddType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.spreadsheet .ods
        AddType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text .odt
        AddType audio/ogg .ogg
        AddType application/pdf .pdf
        AddType image/png .png
        AddType application/vnd.ms-powerpoint .pot .pps .ppt .pptx
        AddType audio/x-realaudio .ra .ram
        AddType application/x-shockwave-flash .swf
        AddType application/x-tar .tar
        AddType image/tiff .tif .tiff
        AddType application/x-font-ttf .ttf .ttc
        AddType application/vnd.ms-opentype .ttf .ttc
        AddType audio/wav .wav
        AddType audio/wma .wma
        AddType application/vnd.ms-write .wri
        AddType application/font-woff .woff
        AddType application/vnd.ms-excel .xla .xls .xlsx .xlt .xlw
        AddType application/zip .zip
    </IfModule>
    <IfModule mod_expires.c>
        ExpiresActive On
        ExpiresByType text/css A604800
        ExpiresByType text/x-component A604800
        ExpiresByType application/x-javascript A604800
        ExpiresByType application/javascript A604800
        ExpiresByType text/javascript A604800
        ExpiresByType text/x-js A604800
        ExpiresByType text/html A3600
        ExpiresByType text/richtext A3600
        ExpiresByType image/svg+xml A3600
        ExpiresByType text/plain A3600
        ExpiresByType text/xsd A3600
        ExpiresByType text/xsl A3600
        ExpiresByType text/xml A3600
        ExpiresByType video/asf A31536000
        ExpiresByType video/avi A31536000
        ExpiresByType image/bmp A31536000
        ExpiresByType application/java A31536000
        ExpiresByType video/divx A31536000
        ExpiresByType application/msword A31536000
        ExpiresByType application/vnd.ms-fontobject A31536000
        ExpiresByType application/x-msdownload A31536000
        ExpiresByType image/gif A31536000
        ExpiresByType application/x-gzip A31536000
        ExpiresByType image/x-icon A31536000
        ExpiresByType image/jpeg A31536000
        ExpiresByType application/json A31536000
        ExpiresByType application/vnd.ms-access A31536000
        ExpiresByType audio/midi A31536000
        ExpiresByType video/quicktime A31536000
        ExpiresByType audio/mpeg A31536000
        ExpiresByType video/mp4 A31536000
        ExpiresByType video/mpeg A31536000
        ExpiresByType application/vnd.ms-project A31536000
        ExpiresByType application/x-font-otf A31536000
        ExpiresByType application/vnd.ms-opentype A31536000
        ExpiresByType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.database A31536000
        ExpiresByType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.chart A31536000
        ExpiresByType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.formula A31536000
        ExpiresByType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.graphics A31536000
        ExpiresByType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.presentation A31536000
        ExpiresByType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.spreadsheet A31536000
        ExpiresByType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text A31536000
        ExpiresByType audio/ogg A31536000
        ExpiresByType application/pdf A31536000
        ExpiresByType image/png A31536000
        ExpiresByType application/vnd.ms-powerpoint A31536000
        ExpiresByType audio/x-realaudio A31536000
        ExpiresByType image/svg+xml A31536000
        ExpiresByType application/x-shockwave-flash A31536000
        ExpiresByType application/x-tar A31536000
        ExpiresByType image/tiff A31536000
        ExpiresByType application/x-font-ttf A31536000
        ExpiresByType application/vnd.ms-opentype A31536000
        ExpiresByType audio/wav A31536000
        ExpiresByType audio/wma A31536000
        ExpiresByType application/vnd.ms-write A31536000
        ExpiresByType application/font-woff A31536000
        ExpiresByType application/vnd.ms-excel A31536000
        ExpiresByType application/zip A31536000
    </IfModule>
    <IfModule mod_deflate.c>
        <IfModule mod_headers.c>
            Header append Vary User-Agent env=!dont-vary
        </IfModule>
            AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/css text/x-component application/x-javascript application/javascript text/javascript text/x-js text/html text/richtext image/svg+xml text/plain text/xsd text/xsl text/xml image/x-icon application/json
        <IfModule mod_mime.c>
            # DEFLATE by extension
            AddOutputFilter DEFLATE js css htm html xml
        </IfModule>
    </IfModule>
    <FilesMatch "\.(css|htc|less|js|js2|js3|js4|CSS|HTC|LESS|JS|JS2|JS3|JS4)$">
        FileETag MTime Size
        <IfModule mod_headers.c>
            Header set Pragma "public"
            Header append Cache-Control "public"
             Header set X-Powered-By "W3 Total Cache/0.9.4.1"
        </IfModule>
    </FilesMatch>
    <FilesMatch "\.(html|htm|rtf|rtx|svg|svgz|txt|xsd|xsl|xml|HTML|HTM|RTF|RTX|SVG|SVGZ|TXT|XSD|XSL|XML)$">
        FileETag MTime Size
        <IfModule mod_headers.c>
            Header set Pragma "public"
            Header append Cache-Control "public"
             Header set X-Powered-By "W3 Total Cache/0.9.4.1"
        </IfModule>
    </FilesMatch>
    <FilesMatch "\.(asf|asx|wax|wmv|wmx|avi|bmp|class|divx|doc|docx|eot|exe|gif|gz|gzip|ico|jpg|jpeg|jpe|json|mdb|mid|midi|mov|qt|mp3|m4a|mp4|m4v|mpeg|mpg|mpe|mpp|otf|odb|odc|odf|odg|odp|ods|odt|ogg|pdf|png|pot|pps|ppt|pptx|ra|ram|svg|svgz|swf|tar|tif|tiff|ttf|ttc|wav|wma|wri|woff|xla|xls|xlsx|xlt|xlw|zip|ASF|ASX|WAX|WMV|WMX|AVI|BMP|CLASS|DIVX|DOC|DOCX|EOT|EXE|GIF|GZ|GZIP|ICO|JPG|JPEG|JPE|JSON|MDB|MID|MIDI|MOV|QT|MP3|M4A|MP4|M4V|MPEG|MPG|MPE|MPP|OTF|ODB|ODC|ODF|ODG|ODP|ODS|ODT|OGG|PDF|PNG|POT|PPS|PPT|PPTX|RA|RAM|SVG|SVGZ|SWF|TAR|TIF|TIFF|TTF|TTC|WAV|WMA|WRI|WOFF|XLA|XLS|XLSX|XLT|XLW|ZIP)$">
        FileETag MTime Size
        <IfModule mod_headers.c>
            Header set Pragma "public"
            Header append Cache-Control "public"
             Header set X-Powered-By "W3 Total Cache/0.9.4.1"
        </IfModule>
    </FilesMatch>
    # END W3TC Browser Cache
    # BEGIN W3TC Minify cache
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
        RewriteEngine On
        RewriteBase /
        RewriteRule ^[_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/wp-content/cache/minify/[0-9]+/w3tc_rewrite_test$ /wp-content/plugins/w3-total-cache/pub/minify.php?w3tc_rewrite_test=1 [L]
    </IfModule>
    # END W3TC Minify cache
    
    ## EXPIRES CACHING ##
    <IfModule mod_expires.c>
    ExpiresActive On
    ExpiresByType image/jpg "access 1 year"
    ExpiresByType image/jpeg "access 1 year"
    ExpiresByType image/gif "access 1 year"
    ExpiresByType image/png "access 1 year"
    ExpiresByType text/css "access 1 month"
    ExpiresByType application/pdf "access 1 month"
    ExpiresByType text/x-javascript "access 1 month"
    ExpiresByType application/x-shockwave-flash "access 1 month"
    ExpiresByType image/x-icon "access 1 year"
    ExpiresDefault "access 2 days"
    </IfModule>
    ## EXPIRES CACHING ##

    Can someone please tell me what’s going on with this one domain? What other info is needed from me here? This has been driving me mad for a long time. Any help is appreciated.

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