Can I redirect my “domain name only” URL to another website?
If you have registered a domain name with us as a domain name only account, we can redirect (forward) your domain name to another Web page, anywhere on the Internet, at no extra charge.
For example, if your domain name is example.com and someone types www.example.com in a Web browser, we can redirect that to a completely different address, such as http://www.example.org/.
On this page:
- 301 "permanent" vs. 302 "temporary" redirection
- Setting up redirection
- Domain name redirects and email
- Masked redirection
- How can I set up masked redirection myself?
301 "permanent" vs. 302 "temporary" redirection
When our Web servers tell a visitor's browser to redirect to another URL, they include a "redirect code", which is either "301 permanent" or "302 temporary".
In either case, the visitor will be redirected. However, a "301 permanent" redirect tells the visitor to always use the new URL in the future, which may mean updating browser bookmarks or changing search engine listings. In contrast, a "302 temporary" redirect means "redirect this time, but try the original URL again next time you visit this page".
As a general rule of thumb:
- Use a "301 permanent" redirect if you're trying to stop people from visiting the original URL and you want search engines to completely "forget about" it.
- Use a "302 temporary" redirect if you might want visitors to use the original URL in the future, or if you want search engines to continue indexing the original URL.
Setting up redirection
To set up 301 or 302 redirection for a "domain name only" account with us:
- Login to the “My Account” control panel (having trouble?)
- Click Domain Name Features
- Choose the Domain Name Redirect option and follow the instructions.
If you don't see "Domain Name Features", you're probably looking at the settings for a different domain name that has Web hosting service, instead of a "domain name only" account you want to redirect. Make sure you're viewing the settings for the domain name you want to redirect.
Domain name redirects and email
Keep in mind that a redirect does not forward email for the domain name. If you want to receive email as well, we recommend either a domain name alias or a Web hosting plan. For a low monthly price, our Web hosting service gives you a free domain name, comprehensive email support, and a website with no annoying advertising.