How to Redirect a Single Website to a New Host on Apache and Nginx Servers

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How to Redirect a Single Website to a New Host on Apache and Nginx Servers

In the ever-evolving world of web development, it’s not uncommon to encounter the need to move websites to new servers. This can be due to various reasons like server performance, cost, or scalability. In my recent experience, we faced a similar scenario where we needed to redirect one of our many websites to a new host. The challenge was to do this without affecting the other websites hosted on our servers. In this post, I’ll guide you through the steps to redirect a single website to a new host on both Apache and Nginx servers.

Why Redirect a Single Website?

Before diving into the technicalities, let’s understand why you might need to redirect just one website among many. In a server hosting multiple websites (virtual hosts), it’s often necessary to relocate a specific site for reasons like:

  1. Upgrading to better hosting solutions: A particular website might outgrow the resources of the current server.

  2. Rebranding: Moving a site to a domain that aligns better with its new brand identity.

  3. Consolidating servers: Sometimes, for management or cost-efficiency, websites are moved to different servers.

Redirecting on Apache Server

Apache is widely used due to its flexibility and robustness. Here’s how you can redirect a single website:

  1. Access the Apache Configuration: Locate the .conf file for the specific virtual host you want to redirect. This is typically in /etc/apache2/sites-available/.

  2. Set Up the Redirect: Add the following configuration:

<VirtualHost *:80>
    Redirect permanent /

Replace with your domain and with your new host’s address.

3. Restart Apache: To apply these changes, restart the Apache server.

Redirecting on Nginx Server

Nginx is known for its high performance and efficiency. Here’s how to perform a similar redirect:

  1. Modify the Nginx Configuration: Open the server block configuration file for the website you wish to redirect, usually located in /etc/nginx/sites-available/.

  2. Configure the Redirect: Add the following server block:

server {
    listen 80;

    location / {
        return 301$request_uri;

Ensure that and reflect your actual domain names.

3. Restart Nginx: Similar to Apache, restart Nginx to make the changes effective.

Apache Server (.htaccess)

If you want to redirect all traffic from an old domain to a new domain, you can use the .htaccess file in your root directory:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^$ [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^$
RewriteRule (.*)$$1 [R=301,L]

This code redirects all requests from to

Node.js Server

In a Node.js server using Express.js, you can set up a route to handle the redirection:

const express = require('express');
const app = express();

app.get('*', (req, res) => {
  res.redirect(301, '' + req.originalUrl);

app.listen(3000, () => {
  console.log('Server is running on port 3000');

This code redirects all incoming requests to while preserving the original request path.


Redirecting a single website while keeping others intact on the same server requires precise configuration. Whether you’re using Apache or Nginx, the process involves modifying the virtual host settings specific to the website in question. This ensures a smooth transition without disrupting other hosted sites.

By sharing this experience, I hope to assist others facing a similar situation. Whether you’re a seasoned web developer or just starting, understanding how to manage server configurations is a valuable skill. Happy coding!

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