In this article I am going to explain what is “Domain Forwarding”, how to set it up, and clear up any questions you may have about it. Here we go…
Let’s say you have a website with the domain, “greatdomain1.com.” Then one day, you find out “greatdomain2.com” is also available, so you go ahead and purchase it before anybody else grabs it.
You still don’t know exactly what you’d like to do with the new domain. Maybe use it for a future business. Or just want to keep it to make sure nobody else will build a site with that domain name.
Whatever you decide to eventually do with the new domain, one of the things you might want to consider in the meantime is to set up “domain forwarding” for it. And the good part is that it’s really easy.
What is Domain Forwarding?
Domain forwarding lets you redirect people going to a domain name to a different website of yours.
For example I purchased the domain www.christinahills.name and I was not sure what I wanted to do with that site yet. So instead of leaving it with a Domain Registrar Splash page like you see here on my other site www.christinahills.net, I am forwarding it to christinahills.com. So what happens is, all people who type in christinahills.name in their Internet browser will actually land on my live site, christinahills.com.
It’s not only the main domain that gets forwarded. The system tries to redirect any traffic going to “christinahills.name/contact” to the matching directory at the destination, which is “christinahills.com/contact” as well.
Still don’t quite get it? Then watch the short video below…
Short Video on What is “Domain Forwarding” and How to Set it Up (7 min)
What About URL Redirects? Is That Same as Domain Forwarding?
I see many people use these two terms interchangeably, but they are not the same thing…
- Domain Forwarding is done within the domain registrar account, forwarding all URLs of specified domain. i.e. you do this at GoDaddy.com
- URL Redirects are done within the web host, i.e in your website. i.e. in your WordPress website, or in your hosting account such as Bluehost or Siteground
URL redirects is normally considered an advanced topic that I won’t cover In this article, I’ll just cover the Domain Forwarding.
Why Do You Want to Consider Domain Forwarding?
There are different scenarios where you want to have domain forwarding setup on your domain names:
- Increase traffic to your main live website, simply sending traffic coming to your unused domain.
- Catching people who spell out your URL wrong by redirecting the version of your domain with commonly misspelled URL (ex. michele vs. michelle) to the correct one.
- Send people from different versions of domain extensions to the main one (ex. yourdomain.net to yourdomain.com). For example, my domain christinahills.tv is also set to forward to christinahills.com. I may use christinahills.tv for something else in the future, but in the meantime, anybody who enters that domain or christinahills.name in their Internet browser are being forwarded to christinahills.com.
So go ahead and watch the short video above, and see how easy it is to setup Domain Forwarding!
Then… Let me know what you think of it!