I have a question about using URL rewrite rules and can this feature be applied in my case.
I am interested in creating community site (Community.com for this example) for 2 types of users, here are the details:
- Type A (vendors)
- Type B (general users)
- Site uses BuddyPress so each user can have a profile plus other community features (mail, write on users wall, etc)
- Site will specifically NOT use WP Multisite feature
So that’s the setup. I’m interested in Type A users to have the option to have their profile url come up under their own domain name… So a user is cruising the Community.com site and comes across a vendor they want to check out. They click on a link to them and it takes them to their BuddyPress profile/page hosted on Community.com (Community.com/buddypress/acme.html for example) but the URL is rewriten to show Acme.com.
The other part is when a user enters Acme.com into the browser they should be taken to the Community.com/buddypress/acme.html page. But that’s not handled by URL rewrite, that would be handled by redirecting the domain name using MX records I believe. Correct me if I’m wrong.
A couple of questions:
- Can URL rewrite do this, specifically display a totally different domain url?
- As far as I understand URL rewrite happens in the background so it should not be noticed by search engines for example. Will this Acme.com page be treated just like any other page by search engines?
Any feedback about this route of using URL rewrite to achieve this would be appreciated.