Enables redirects from unknown hosts and paths to other locations. The other location can be a known path or another web site.
Redirect unknown domains
If the site dispatcher encounters an unknown host name then it notifies all modules with the
The Custom Redirect module observes this notification and checks against a configurable list of domains and redirects. If a domain is matched then the site dispatcher will redirect the user agent to the new location.
The list of domains and their redirects can be configured in the admin: Modules -> Domains and redirects.
The domain must be like what is typed in the browser. Examples of domains are
Domain names are case insensitive, that is
WwW.Example.coM will both be matched with
Contrary to the domain name, the path is case sensitive. That is
/About are two different paths and will need their own redirect rules!
The redirect location can be a complete URL (for example
http://www.example.com/foo/bar.html) or a path (for example
Redirect unknown paths
After the site has been selected, the dispatcher matches the path to the dispatch rules.
When no dispatch rule matches, then the
#dispatch notification is sent. The mod_base module observes that notification to check the path against the page_path properties of all resources. If mod_base didn’t find match then mod_custom_redirect will check all custom redirect with an empty domain and a matching path. The visitor will be redirected to the corresponding redirect location.
Permanent or temporary redirects
A redirection can be permanent or temporary. A permanent redirect will be remembered by the visiting browser (and search engines), replacing any occurence of the redirected location. A temporary redirect will not be remembered and be retried on every visit.