Redirect with multiple mapped domains (htaccess and WordPress)


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We have a web portal for multiple countries. Each country has its own domain (i.e.,,
All of these country domains are mapped to our main domain ( with symlinks. The main domain holds the whole PHP code for the web portal. The .htaccess manages the redirections for all domains.

This works so far...

Now, I have to create a WordPress blog for each country which should be reachable under, an so on. Each country should have its own blog with its own content.

My problem is, that I can't create a "blog" directory for each country and just install Wordpress in this directory because of the mapping. I have only our
I have tried to create directories named blog_com, blog_de, blog_it and redirect them with htaccess to the matching domain/blog, but with no success so far...

Is it best practice to create one wordpress-folder for each country? Which redirect rules do I need to manage the redirects? Or is there an even better solution?

Here comes a part of our htaccess to show you the current situation:

Options -Indexes
Options +FollowSymLinks

RewriteEngine on
RewriteBase /

# Enforce www
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www\.
RewriteRule ^ http://www.%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [QSA,R=301,L]

# Skip some directories
RewriteRule ^newsletter$ - [L]
RewriteRule ^newsletter/.*$ - [L]
RewriteRule ^cron/.*$ - [L]

# Rewrite main domain to main country domain (com)
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.maindomain\.org$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [QSA,R=301,L]

# Save current top level domain as environment variable
SetEnvIf Host ^www\.countrydomain\.com$ ENV_COUNTRYCODE=com
SetEnvIf Host ^www\.countrydomain\.de$ ENV_COUNTRYCODE=de
SetEnvIf Host ^www\.countrydomain\.it$ ENV_COUNTRYCODE=it

# SEO rewrite rules
RewriteRule ^/$ index.php [QSA,L]
RewriteRule ^$ index.php [QSA,L]
RewriteRule ^search$ index.php?status=19 [L]
RewriteRule ^myprofile$ index.php?status=50 [L]
RewriteRule ^myprofile/$ index.php?status=50 [L]
RewriteRule ^/?(xx)/([A-Za-z0-9ÀÁÂÃÄÅÆÇÈÉÊËÌÍÎÏÐÑÒÓÔÕÖØÙÚÛÜÝÞßàáâãäåæçèéêëìíîïðñòóôõöøùúûüýþÿ\%\+\_\-\/]{3,100}).html$ index.php?status=90&xxurl=$2 [L]
RewriteRule ^/?([A-Za-z0-9ÀÁÂÃÄÅÆÇÈÉÊËÌÍÎÏÐÑÒÓÔÕÖØÙÚÛÜÝÞßàáâãäåæçèéêëìíîïðñòóôõöøùúûüýþÿ\%\+\_\/\-]{3,300})/([0-9]+)(b|bw)$ index.php?status=25&id=$2&type=bw [QSA,L]
RewriteRule ^([0-9]+)(b|bw)$ index.php?status=25&id=$1&type=bw [QSA,L]
# ...