I have a D7 installation that uses Domain Access to distinguish between a main website example.com and a minisite event.example.com. They share the same document root / Drupal installation and the same database. I use Domain Path to have subdomain-specific aliases.

This worked fine, until I decided to move this website to a webspace at One.com. They do this thing were you can create a subdomain just by creating a directory in the document root. So /folder/ can automatically be accesssed in three ways:

  • http://folder.example.com/
  • http://example.com/folder/
  • http://www.example.com/folder/

By default, there is an A wildcard DNS-record for *.example.com.

The relevant part of my /.htaccess currently looks like this:

Options +FollowSymLinks

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
  RewriteEngine on

  #strip www.
  RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.(.+)$ [NC]
  RewriteRule ^ http%{ENV:protossl}://%1%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]

  #pass all requests that do not refer to files to index.php
  RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(event\.)?example\.com [NC]
  RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
  RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
  RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !=/favicon.ico
  RewriteRule ^ index.php [L]

This messes up all static files on event.example.com. When http://event.example.com/sites/default/files/css/css_*.css is accessed, Apache tries to find an /event/ directory, which doesn't exist and gives a 404.

I attempted to fix this by symlinking /event/ to /. Now the static files work, but domain paths on event.example.com no longer work (they all give 404s) and links tend to get rewritten to http://event.example.com/event/somelink.

I also tried to fix this by adding the following, but that didn't help.

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^/event(.*)$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^ http%{ENV:protossl}://event.example.com%1 [L,R=301]

Any ideas?

1 Answer 1


It turned out that my symlink from /event/ to / was correct, but that I additionally needed to specify RewriteBase / to fix the link rewriting part.

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