Create a domain or subdomain that points to a website not hosted on Cloud Sites

  • Last updated on: 2015-06-23
  • Authored by: Rackspace Support

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Follow these directions to point a domain or subdomain to a website that is not hosted on Cloud Sites.

  1. Log in to the Cloud Sites Control Panel.
  2. Create the new domain or subdomain under the correct account. If you have any questions about how to do this, see Getting Started With Cloud Sites: How To Add A New Website.
  3. After the domain or subdomain is set up in your account, add a PHP redirect to the web/content folder by using FTP. For information about how to do this, including using FTP, see Getting Started With Cloud Sites, FTP/SSHFS/FTP Clients.
  4. Using a text editing program (like Notepad or Wordpad), create a file with the following PHP redirect on your computer. After Location:, enter the URL that you want to redirect the website to (for example,

    header("Location: URL");

    Using the example link, the full script would look as follows:

  5. Save this file as index.php.
  6. Log in to your new subdomain’s FTP server.
  7. Navigate to the / directory.
  8. Upload the index.php into this folder. The redirect should be fully functional.

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