.htaccess URL Masking Examples

If you would like to access a specific URL for your domain but do not display it in the browser's address bar, here is how you can accomplish it using .htaccess URL Masking.

Note: URL Masking will produce doublicated content and can cause ranking drops in one, or both of the sites.
From an SEO standpoint, your best option is to create 301 redirects instead. You can use our simple .htaccess 301 Redirect Generator.


Example 1

#Show content from a different path on the same domain
#This way each time someone accesses yourdomain.com/path the actual content that will be displayed will be for yourdomain.com/different/path while the URL will remain unchanged.
RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule ^path/?$ /different/path/

Example 2

#Redirect and keep everything after the URL
#Visit yourdomainA.com/page and it will show the content from yourdomainB.com/page
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^yourdomainA.com
RewriteRule ^(.*) http://www.yourdomainB.com/$1 [P]

Example 3

#Redirect a domain to a specific url
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^DomainA.com
RewriteRule ^(.*) http://www.DomainB.com/directory [P]

Example 4

# Redirect all IP address (replace ### with the actual IP address) to same http://www.yourdomain.com
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^###\.###\.###\.###
RewriteRule (.*) http://www.yourdomain.com/$1 [R=301,L]

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