Redirect Based On Referrer Or IP Address

Using PHP you can easily redirect your website visitors to a different page depending on where they come from. For example you may have 2 different web sites selling a product but only one customer care web site where people submit support tickets. Depending from which of the 2 web sites a visitor comes to that support site you may want to show them different web page.

PHP stores information about the referring URL in one of its global variables – $_SERVER. You can easily access that value using the $_SERVER[‘HTTP_REFERER’]. Now what you have to do is to see if any of the 2 domains is in that HTTP_REFERER variable. You can do this using he preg_match function

<?php
$referrer = $_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER'];
if (preg_match("/site1.com/",$referrer)) {
      header('Location: http://www.customercare.com/page-site1.html');
} elseif (preg_match("/site2.com/",$referrer)) {
      header('Location: http://www.customercare.com/page-site2.html');
} else {
      header('Location: http://www.customercare.com/home-page.html');
};
?>

Note, that because of using the header() function that code has to be put on the very top of your PHP page. Header redirect will throw an error if there is something sent to visitors browser before calling it.

Instead of using $_SERVER[‘HTTP_REFERER’] you can use $_SERVER[‘REMOTE_ADDR’] which carries information about visitors IP address. This way you can redirect users based on their IP address. If you detected that someone is trying to hack your web site you can use that PHP redirect to send him to a ‘Thank you page’.

<?php
$visitor = $_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR'];
if (preg_match("/192.168.0.1/",$visitor)) {
      header('Location: http://www.yoursite.com/thank-you.html');
} else {
      header('Location: http://www.yoursite.com/home-page.html');
};
?>



Akhil Trivedi