How to setup .htaccess to rewrite to a different folder

I'm moving my site to a new host but I need to have my current server continue to handle requests (not all files can be moved to the new server). So I added a parked domain to my old server ( and I want all requests to it to be written to the files from the old site.

My old site ( was hosted internally in a folder (/public_html/mydomain/) and I want all requests to to be rewritten to the same folder. So if was internally at /public_html/mydomain/blog, I now want also to reach /public_html/mydomain/blog.

Here is the .htaccess that I'm trying to use:

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^old\.mydomain\.com/*
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ mydomain/$1 [NC,L] 

But for some reason as soon as I add the $1 in the rewrite rule I get an internal error.

Any ideas?


Configure this as a separate vhost called and ensure it comes before * in your vhost definitions (i.e. higher in vhosts.conf). Give the same DocumentRoot as your previous domain had.

.htaccess is the most processor intensive way to serve a webpage, and should only be used there are no other options available.

Please try to fix your .htaccess config as follows:

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^old\.mydomain\.com$
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /public_html/mydomain/$1 [NC,L]

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