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Host a Quotion site in a subdirectory of your domain

Written By

QI

Qing

Creator, Quotion

Published on

6/4/2024

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You can host <your-site>.quotion.co in a subdirectory of your domain now.

Real-world examples:
https://quotion.co/blog (This blog)
https://www.awesomeapplenotes.com/blog

Before I dig into the details, you may wonder why do I need this?

Well, according to semrush, subdirectories have fully benefits from the backlinks, which is good for SEO.

Sounds wonderful? Let's get started!

0. Cloudflare domain

You need a Cloudflare domain first, go buy a domain if you don't have one.

1. Create a worker

Login to the Cloudflare dashboard

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Create a worker

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2. Write worker code

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export default {
  async fetch(request, env, ctx) {
    return proxyRequest(request);
  },
};
 
async function proxyRequest(request) {
  console.log(request.url);
  const originalUrl = new URL(request.url);
 
  // Redirect /blog/ to /blog
  if (originalUrl.pathname.endsWith('/') && originalUrl.pathname !== '/') {
    originalUrl.pathname = originalUrl.pathname.slice(0, -1);
    return Response.redirect(originalUrl.href, 301);
  }
 
  const host = originalUrl.host;
  try {
    // Use your quotion domain instead
    const blogHost = 'awesomeapplenotes.quotion.co';
    // Replace "blog" with your subdirectory name if needed
    const subdirectory = 'blog';
    const proxiedPaths = [subdirectory, '_next', '.quotion'];
    const url = new URL(request.url);
 
    if (
      proxiedPaths.some((path) => originalUrl.pathname.startsWith(`/${path}`))
    ) {
      // Rewrite host
      url.hostname = blogHost;
    }
    if (originalUrl.pathname.startsWith(`/${subdirectory}`)) {
      url.pathname = url.pathname.replace(`/${subdirectory}`, '');
    }
 
    const proxyRequest = new Request(url.href, request);
    proxyRequest.headers.set('X-Forwarded-Host', host);
    console.log(proxyRequest.url);
    return fetch(proxyRequest);
  } catch (e) {
    console.error('Proxy request failed', e);
    return fetch(request);
  }
}

Don't forget to deploy the code after changing.

3. Add worker routes

We need following routes to make proxy work:

  • /blog* (your subdirectory)
  • /_next* (for hosting Next.js static js/css)
  • /.quotion* (for hosting images/APIs)

For instance, you have a domain named www.awesomeapplenotes.com, you want to host Quotion site on www.awesomeapplenotes.com/blog, you need to add blog route like this:

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Repeat until you have added all /_next*/.quotion* routes.

After you have done all these steps, you can go to your subdirectory to check if the blog home is working.

4. Setup URL prefix in Quotion dashboard

To make post/tag pages work, you need to go to Quotion dashboard > your site > domain page, then setup the URL prefix. It should match the subdirectory you just made.

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🎉 Congratulations! All pages should work as expected.

Have issues?

Feel free to contact support.

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