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Forwarding or Masking Your Domain Name (GoDaddy) & DNN4Less Domains.
Posted by Sean Syed on 23 February 2013 05:12 PM

Domain name forwarding lets you automatically direct your domain name's visitors to a different website.

Masking prevents visitors from seeing your domain name forwarding by keeping your domain name in the Web browser's address bar.

To forward or mask your domain name, you must use default nameservers.

Setting DefaultNameservers for Your Domain Names

  1. Log in to your Account Manager.
  2. In the My Products section, select Domains/Domain Manager.
  3. Select the domain name(s) you want to modify.
  4. From  (Nameservers), select Set Nameservers.
  5. I have a hosting account with these domains — Use this option when your domain name is hosted with us.

Forwarding or Masking Your Domain Name

  1. Log in to your Account Manager.
  2. In the My Products section, click Domain Manager.
  3. Select the domain name you want to forward.

 

NOTE: You cannot forward or mask .tk domain names.


  1. Click Forward, and then select Forward Domain.
  2. Select http:// or https:// depending on your server settings. 
  3. In the Forward to field, enter the URL you want to forward your domain name to.
  4. To automatically update your nameservers to accommodate your forwarding changes, select Update my DNS setting to support this change.

 

NOTE: Activating this setting updates your domain name's nameservers and IP address. If you are currently hosting a website for a domain name and you forward it, visitors can no longer access your website. Instead, forwarding redirects your website's visitors to the URL you enter.


  1. To view additional options, including masking, click Advanced Options.
  2. Select one of the following:
    • Forward Only — Specifies the length of time for this forwarding setting. Select one of the following Redirect types:
      • I am permanently forwarding my domain — Redirects to the site you specified in the Forward To field using a "301 Moved Permanently" HTTP response. The HTTP 301 response code tells user-agents (including search engines) that the location has permanently moved.
      • I am only temporarily forwarding my domain — Redirects to the site you specified in the Forward To field using a "302 Found" HTTP response. The HTTP 302 response code tells user-agents (including search engines) that the location has temporarily moved.
    • Forward with Masking — Prevents the forwarded domain name URL from displaying in the browser's address bar, and lets you enter Meta Tags for search engine crawlers in the following fields:
      • Title — Displays at the top of the browser window and in search results.
      • Description — A short description of your website to display in search engine results.
      • Keyword — A list of comma-separated keywords that describes the content and purpose of your website.
  3. Click OK.


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