Redirect a Website in ColdFusion – Add www. or Move to New Domain

ColdFusion, BabyRedirecting a website in ColdFusion (.CFM)

I have been working on a ColdFusion website, and I wanted to find a way to require ‘www.’ in the URL (to consolidate all pages on www. for SEO). I normally work with PHP and Apache servers, so I’m used to .htaccess. I knew there had to be a way.

Here’s a simple method of redirecting a whole website in ColdFusion:

<!-- If the site isn't www... -->
<cfif (CGI.SERVER_NAME NEQ "www.example.com")>
<!-- Save the URL (and $_GET variables too) as the string 'strUrl' -->
<cfset strUrl = CGI.script_name & "?" & CGI.query_string />
<!-- Use 301 for SEO-friendly redirects -->
<cfheader statuscode="301" statustext="Moved permanently">
<!-- Redirect to new website (this case, added www.) with strUrl added on -->
<cfheader name="Location" value="http://www.example.com#strUrl#">
</cfif>

Here’s how to redirect a single page in ColdFusion:

This code is real easy to find online, so the post was mostly to deal with the site-wide redirect…but here’s the single page code. Add this code to the top of the page you’d like to redirect from. Learn more about cfheader here.

<cfheader statuscode="301" statustext="Moved permanently">
<cflocation url="http://www.example.com/new-page.cfm">

Redirect with HTTPS sensativity

There are additional methods of checking whether or not HTTPS is active.
<cfif (CGI.SERVER_NAME EQ "www.example.com") AND (HTTPS Is "on")>
<!-- If is HTTPS and not www. -->
<cfelseif (CGI.SERVER_NAME EQ "www.mcstech.net") AND (HTTPS Is "off")>
<!-- If is HTTP and www. -->
<cfelse>
<!-- If is HTTP and not www. -->
</cfif>

Thanks to Ben Nadel’s Blog for the helpful ColdFusion resources.  Let’s hope I stick around PHP in the future 🙂

Author: Zack Katz

Zack Katz is the President of Katz Web Services and the developer of WordPress plugins with over 700,000 downloads. He lives in Southwest Colorado with his wife and two cats.

4 thoughts on “Redirect a Website in ColdFusion – Add www. or Move to New Domain”

  1. Thanks very much for this tip. Saved me digging around all over the place for the answer.

    While we’re at it, any idea how to display a brief message about the change for a few seconds, then proceed with the redirect?

  2. Thanks for your post

    but i doubts where i should paste this code for ‘whole redirection’
    do you says that i need to paste on the top of all the pages in the site
    i mean what is the .htaccess equilant file in this  folder

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