I have an existing website that I didn’t name myself.
It just got an auto-generated name: heuristic-torvalds-3c6c99.
The problem is that this is also the site’s URL: heuristic-torvalds-3c6c99.netlify.app
What happens when I rename this site?
I guess the URL will also change?
Will the old URL automatically redirect to the new one?
Or do I have to configure that myself?
Is that even possible?
Hi @johanvanmol , welcome to the forums and thank you so much for reaching out.
Yes, if you rename the site in Netlify, the site’s URL will also change.
Unfortunately, the old URL (
heuristic-torvalds-3c6c99.netlify.app) will not automatically redirect to the new one. This is because the URL is tied to the site’s name, and changing the name changes the URL. As a result, visitors who try to access the old URL will receive a “Page not found” error. You will need to manually set up a redirect rule from your old URL to your new site.
Here is a super helpful guide for redirects to help you set this up!
Thank you for your feedback.
I managed to solve my problem, but not in an elegant way.
I wanted to redirect https://heuristic-torvalds-3c6c99.netlify.app to https://geoit.netlify.app.
I renamed “heuristic-torvalds-3c6c99” to “geoit”.
The site was imediately available via https://geoit.netlify.app.
https://heuristic-torvalds-3c6c99.netlify.app gave a “site not found” error.
That also meant that this didn’t work:
from = “https://heuristic-torvalds-3c6c99.netlify.app/”
to = “https://geoit.netlify.app/”
status = 301
force = true
I had to create a new site, that reused the old name “heuristic-torvalds-3c6c99”,
and add the netlify.toml file there.
So now it works, but I have an extra Netlify site that only exists to redirect.
It’s completely empty, except for a netlify.toml file.
Thank you for sharing your solution. I’m curious; what happens when you delete the blank site,