Cpanel Parked Domains Problem / Redirects Cpanel Error


May 8, 2006

We have as the primary domain for the site in question.

We migrated from DirectAdmin to Cpanel a few months ago. DirectAdmin allowed "Domain Pointers" (aka Redirects) to be pointed at the We own which all were simply pointed at so when someone visited it redirected to

When we started up with Cpanel we used the "Park Domain" option which unfortunately has simply mirrored the site. e.g.

If someone visits it remains as rather than redirect to

As a result, Google et al have picked up both domains/sites and we are getting penalised for duplicate content.

I am assuming the best way to tackle this is to generate rules within htaccess to solve it.

I have tried several combinations of htaccess rules to permenantly redirect any visitors who come to the site from so it simply redirects them to but I haven't been able to get any to work. Some I've tried:

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^$ [OR] 
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^$ 
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ "http\:\/\/www\.domain\.com$1" [R=301,L]
redirectMatch 301 ^(.*)$
redirectMatch permanent ^(.*)$
Redirect 301
What I need to do of course is preserve the entries within the search engines. So for example any entries that are present for need to be redirected to

After requesting some help on the WHT forum a helpful member there suggested the following:

1. Log in to you cPanel
2. Under "Domains" go to "Redirects"
3. Set Type as "Permanent (301)"
4. Select your domain from the drop down menu
5. Leave the text box after "/" blank
6. Set "redirects to" to your new domain e.g. (remember to put http:// and a trailing "/")
7. Set "www redirection" to "Redirect with or without www."
8. Check "Wild Card Redirect"
9. Click on "Add"
So I have tried this before trying the htaccess solution, however I am having some problems. When I try to follow the above in Cpanel I get the following error:

There was a error adding redirect.

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Apache detected an error in the Rewrite config.
Syntax error on line 69 of /home/*****/public_html/.htaccess.9BBe1dSE2Krl*************
Redirect takes two or three arguments, an optional status, then document to be redirected and destination URL
Please try again.
I am unsure what is causing this.

I'd appreciate if someone could help me with this issue.




Technical Product Specialist
Nov 29, 2006
Houston, TX
cPanel Access Level
Root Administrator
In your cPanel interface, click on "Parked Domains."

Now click on "Manage Redirection."

Here, type as the URL you want to redirect to.

Save the settings. If this does not work, please let me know. I tested this on a server running the latest 11.24 RELEASE.


May 8, 2006
Hi DavidG,

Unfortunately the same error occurs.

I have submitted a ticket to the Cpanel Support Desk (ID: 499885).

Thank you,



Sep 8, 2006
This one actually threw me for a loop for a few. Then I found that .htaccess was interfering, so I moved it out of the way and created a new .htaccess with the 301 redirects, and it worked properly.

That meant that something in Joomla's .htaccess was interfering, so I moved the original .htaccess back, and put the 301 Redirects at the very top of .htaccess, and they worked properly.