If you have a domain name you wish to redirect to another website and don’t want to create a whole new website for the domain name, this can be done very simply.
For example, if you have a domain name such as flowershop.com and want to point it to flowers.com, or if you have shut down a website and want to redirect any possible traffic rather than sending them to a dead site.
A domain name redirect can be done pretty easily in a few simple steps:
- Go to your hosting and see if it allows you to create an ‘Add-On Domain’. If it does, add the domain you want to create a redirection for.
- Go to your domain registration login and enter the hosting server details (you’ll find these in the hosting ‘Cpanel’), and change the NS records so they point to the hosting. It could take anywhere from a few minutes to 24 hours for the records to change. Once it is changed you should be able to type the domain name into the top of your browser window and see an blank directory.
- Now, you’ll need to access your hosting, and go to the file manager and look for the add-on domain. You want to add a file called index.htm. Open that file to edit it and enter the following line of code:
<meta http-equiv=“refresh“ content=“0; URL=‘http://new-website.com‘“ />
- Change the ‘new-website.com’ to the correct website you want to point it to, and save the file, and it should now be complete.
Alternatively, some domain registration companies allow you to do domain forwarding straight to the website.