There are many uses for URL forwarding. Want to forward your brand new shiny domain to your old domain? Your blog? There are many things you can do with URL forwarding. To be specific there are two types:
Masked URL Forwarding - this lets you forward to any site without the need to configure that site. Your domain is displayed in the URL bar of the browser.
301 and 302 redirection - these are HTTP status codes that tell your browser to take you to a different site.
Note: it is required that you use Name.com nameservers for your URL forwarding to work. How do I set my nameservers to Name.com nameservers?
Here are the steps to set up URL forwarding for your domain:
Start by logging into your Name.com account.
Select the domain you wish enable URL forwarding for with a click.
On the right hand side select URL Forwarding, this will load the URL Forwarding page.
You'll see a group of fields labeled Domain, Title, URL, Type, and Meta Tags that you can enter values into.
Domain - this can be a wildcard (*) or the specific subdomain you wish to forward. Example: blog.domain.com.
Title - typically this only applies to the Masked style of forwarding, but will allow you to set the title displayed in the browser.
URL - this is the destination you'd like to forward traffic to for the specific subdomain. We've placed the http:// specifier in the filed for you by default, but you should make sure this is present for your URL forward to function properly.
Type - 301, 302, and Masked. You'll see some information regarding the difference between these styles of URL forwarding listed on the URL Forwarding page near the bottom.
Meta Tags - You'll see some instructions on the URL Forwarding page and a few examples. These tags apply to the Masked forward style and will allow you to set some information to help search engines crawl your page.
Click Add Forwarding to establish your new URL forward. Keep in mind you can Edit and Delete previously created URL forwards on this page too.
Note: you may need to wait a few minutes to see your URL forwarding changes take effect. The DNS records created need time to propagate.
Make sure your URL format is well formed and includes the service type indicator. Like this: http://www.example.com/. Without the 'http://' the web browser doesn't know what it is being forwarded to.
If you need assistance or have any questions concerning URL forwarding we are always available by either creating a ticket on this site or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.