With STRATO you can redirect your registered domains and sub-domains to a chosen area on your server.
To do this you only need an Internet browser and an FTP program to create sub-directories and upload the contents of your domain (HTML pages, images, etc.)
Why create a redirection?
You can point a redirection to a specific area of your server, or to another domain.
Internally, you have one server area in which to upload your websites. Imagine it as a house with many doors. By creating redirections you can determine which door (domain name or sub-domain) leads to which room (folder).
To point the domains or sub-domains to their own specific folder on your server, we recommend that you create a folder for each domain in your server directory and name the folder after the relevant domain. For example, if you have the domains "desiredname.eu", "desiredname-1.eu" and "desiredname-2.eu", it could look like this:
It is then easy to see a clear overview when setting up a redirection.
If you have not created any redirections, all domains will point to the root directory. That means that when someone tries to access any of your domains, the first available start page index-file on the server will be shown.
Visitors to your website cannot see the redirection. The address field in their browser will still display the original address they entered. Therefore they cannot see if or how your various domains are linked.
Login to your Customer Service area and in the menu on the left select Settings and Domain Management. You will then see a list of all the domains that belong to this package. You will also see other information such as DNS configuration changes, existing sub-domains or redirections.
By clicking on the "+" symbol next to a domain you can see all the existing sub-domains that belong to it.
Click on configure next to a domain or sub-domain to select other configuration options.
In the next window click on the button Configure redirection.
You can now setup an external or internal redirection for your domain.
External redirection: With an external redirection you can redirect your domain to any online Internet address (beginning with http://), with another provider or to an address within another STRATO package.
Example of external redirection destination:
Please only give the directory as redirection destination and not files such as "index.htm", "index.html" or "index.php?parameter=abc".
Internal redirection: With an internal redirection you can forward your domain or sub-domain to any directory on your webserver. When the domain is visited, the files saved under this directory on the server will be shown.
The "/" directory represents your webserver root directory, which is the top-level directory in your webhosting package. When you upload files by FTP, you can only put them in either this directory or a sub-directory of it. The "/" directory is automatically set for all domains that haven’t been otherwise configured with a redirection. When your domain is visited, the contents of this directory and its sub-directories saved on the server are accessed.
You can also assign sub-directories as domain or sub-domain destinations. For example, if you have created the subdirectory "/shop", you can very easily assign one of your domains to it.
Examples of internal redirection destinations:
Note: You will see all the directories in your webspace and you can select the relevant one directly.
When you have entered the redirection destination, click on the button Activate redirection. You will then see a confirmation of your configured redirection.
You can see that the redirection is active immediately by testing it with your browser.
You can delete a domain redirection by entering "/" as the redirection destination and clicking on the button "Activate redirection".
Some important advice:
Please remember that you cannot use some special characters in directory names. We recommend that you use only letters, numbers and "-", "+", "_", "~"
Separate the name of a directory from a contained sub-directory with a "/".
Remember that directory names are case-sensitive, so when entering an address of a specific directory you need to type it exactly the same as the directory name. So if you create a redirection to "/Subfolder", the folder must also be named with a capital "S", otherwise the redirection will happen but the browser will display the following error message:
Not Found. The requested URL /Subfolder/ was not found on this server.
The reason is that the Unix operating system (which our servers run on) treats upper and lower case letters differently.
Also remember only to redirect to folders and not to file names. For example, a redirection to "http://desiredname.eu/folder/file.html" would lead to an error message.
The correct redirection path in this example would be http://desiredname.eu/folder. Then the starting file in this folder (usually "index.html") would be displayed.