I have been struggling with managing domains for two separate EE installations. Htaccess redirects only seem to work with the site's homepage. Anything beyond that results in a 404 error.

For example: http://domain.com is set as the root, and uses index.php to set the systempath variable thusly: $system_path = ‘./site1/‘;

My 301 redirect was pointing http://domain2.com to http://domain2.com/site2, which is what is causing the template mapping to fail. So, http://domain2.com/template_group/ results in a 404 error.

What I want to do is point both domains toward the root, and have the index.php file detect the URL and do this:

if url is domain1.com { $system_path = ‘./site1/‘; } if elseif url is domain2.com { $system_path = ‘./site2/‘; }

I’m not sure what the proper syntax to use is, though. I know that CodeIgnitor has some specific functions for handling URLs.

Conversely, if someone can help me figure out why the htaccess isn't functioning. Either way, I just need to resolve the issue.



  • I tried this: $host = $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI']; if($host == 'domain1.com') { $system_path = './site1/'; } else { $system_path = './site2/system/'; } But the domain1 isn't being detected properly.
    – Ty Morton
    Nov 29, 2014 at 18:58
  • I dont get it. Both sites operate independently yeah? Why use redirect to site 2 Dec 1, 2014 at 4:59
  • Because, internally, EE couldn't navigate the directory structure. Instead of domain2.com/template_group, it was looking for domain2.com/site2/template_group.
    – Ty Morton
    Dec 1, 2014 at 17:12

1 Answer 1


This seems to do the job nicely:

$host = $_SERVER['SERVER_NAME'];
if($host == 'domain1.com') 
    $system_path = './system/';

    $system_path = './site2/system/';

  • So its not 2 separate EE installs? Its one install serving 2 domains? Dec 2, 2014 at 0:43
  • No, it is two separate installs.
    – Ty Morton
    Dec 2, 2014 at 11:32

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