I have Drupal installed in a subdirectory of public_html on BlueHost.

It looks like this: /www/drupal7/mywebsite.

I want to run the site out of the mywebsite subdirectory instead of www. However, I want the URL to appear to be http://mywebsite.com.

Here is the suggested .htaccess configuration from BlueHost. This is the .htaccess for the www/ directory; I am using the default Drupal 7 .htaccess in Drupal's subdirectory.

# BlueHost.com 
# .htaccess main domain to subdirectory redirect 
# Do not change this line. 
RewriteEngine on 
# Change example.com to be your main domain. 
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www.)?example.com$ 
# Change 'subdirectory' to be the directory you will use for your main domain. 
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/subdirectory/ 
# Don't change the following two lines. 
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f 
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d 
# Change 'subdirectory' to be the directory you will use for your main domain. 
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /subdirectory/$1 
# Change example.com to be your main domain again. 
# Change 'subdirectory' to be the directory you will use for your main domain 
# followed by / then the main file for your site, index.php, index.html, etc. 
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www.)?example.com$ 
RewriteRule ^(/)?$ subdirectory/index.html [L]

This successfully allows me to use Drupal from the subdirectory, but the URLs look like this:


But I want it to look like this:


This post on Drupal.org suggests that the $base_url must be set in default/settings.php. I set the $base_url to "http://mywebsite.com"; however, when I do this, whatever link I click, I am redirected to the front page.

Is there an additional step? What am I missing?

  • you need to include the directory name in base url like "mywebsite.com/mywebsite"
    – Bala
    Jan 12, 2014 at 5:30
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    @Bala When I include the directory name in the base URL, then the directory name shows up in the URL. How can I serve the pages properly without showing the directory name in the URL? Jan 13, 2014 at 1:51
  • @PatrickKenny why dont you use the default Drupal .htaccess file ?
    – niksmac
    Jan 15, 2014 at 4:54
  • @PatrickKenny Do you have access to change the apache web server configuration files on your bluehost account? Jan 15, 2014 at 5:25
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    The problem with the redirection to your homepage could be linked to Clean URLs. I would suggest to disable it first, configure your website, and enable again.
    – Matt
    Jan 15, 2014 at 16:20

3 Answers 3


It sounds like the answer from Oleg Ivanov would work. However, if you want to tackle this with a .htaccess approach, the following works for me. Find and replace SUBDIRECTORY with your subdirectory.

Amend your Drupal's .htaccess with the following:

RewriteBase /

# homepage redirect
RewriteRule ^$ /SUBDIRECTORY/index.php?q= [L]

# if directory or regular file...
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -f [OR]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -d [OR]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} =/favicon.ico
# stop here
RewriteRule ^ - [L]

# if a regular file in SUBDIRECTORY directory
RewriteRule .* SUBDIRECTORY/$0 [L]

# Redirect everything to /SUBDIRECTORY
RewriteRule .* /SUBDIRECTORY/index.php?q=$0 [QSA]

Use the default .htaccess shipped with drupal and

  1. Make sure line 110 is commented like this

    # RewriteBase /

  2. Uncomment and edit line 106 to read like this

    RewriteBase /drupal7/mywebsite

  • I tried this but I'm still having the same problem-- whatever link I click, the URL changes but the front page content is displayed. Jan 15, 2014 at 10:53
  • @PatrickKenny can you just remove the base_url form your settings.php and try ?
    – niksmac
    Jan 15, 2014 at 11:37
  • When I remove the base_url, then the pages are loaded properly, but the URLs look like this: http://www.mywebsite.com/drupal7/mywebsite/PAGE Jan 15, 2014 at 12:45
  • I think some rewrite rule will work try this RewriteRule ^drupal7/mywebsite/(.*)$ index.php$1 [R,L] use this in line 117 of drupal htaccess
    – niksmac
    Jan 15, 2014 at 14:39

I host several of my Drupal websites on BlueHost, and I've achieved basically what you're asking without changing any of .htaccess files:

here's what I do - (I have a separate Drupal installation for each site for a number of reasons, although I believe the same can be done with a multi-site install)

I have a Drupal installation in /public_html/mywebsite;

I add http://mywebsite.com to my account via "Assign Domain", as an Addon Domain -

in Step 4 - "Choose Addon Directory and Sub-domain" - I choose "Use an existing directory" (from a list of sub-directories under public_html) - mywebsite; (it also appears as mywebsite.mymainaccountdomain.com - so be it, I just don't use it)

after all the changes propagate through BlueHost servers' "insides" (sometimes takes up to 15 minutes, especually for 'www' redirect to catch on) -

my site is accessible as both http://mywebsite.com and http://www.mywebsite.com and all its pages load as expected - http://www.mywebsite.com/page and so on

hope this helps

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    This is a straightforward approach, except apparently it doesn't work if you are trying to re-assign the first domain registered with the account (the primary domain). I talked with Bluehost support, but apparently the first domain cannot be redirected from the UI. Jan 19, 2014 at 3:45
  • unfortunately - yes, it seems that nothing can be done through their UI for the primary domain Jan 20, 2014 at 19:12
  • @Patrick - did jwal's suggestion work for you? I tried that approach for my 'primary' domain - used the BlueHost's .htaccess from the initial post for /public_html folder and jwal's one for my /public_html/mywebsite folder - but I'm getting the same URL that you were getting at the beginning - http://www.mywebsite.com/mywebsite/PAGE is there anything I'm missing? Jan 21, 2014 at 23:40

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