Domain Forwarding – Use it Effectively!

Domain Forwarding or Domain Redirection lets you point your domain name to another home page or web site location.

Domain Forwarding can be used for URL shortening, to prevent broken links when web pages are moved and also to allow multiple domain names belonging to the same owner to refer to a single web site. You can also use Domain Forwarding to guide navigation into and out of a website, for privacy protection, and for less innocuous purposes such as phishing attacks.

Read on to know what advantages Domain Forwarding holds, if carried out effectively 🙂

1. If you happen to change your Business Name

Most people are quick to choose the name of their first web address because they are excited to begin their endeavors on the World Wide Web. Unfortunately, after the name has been chosen, there is no way to change it, so you’ll have to live with it forever. Domain Forwarding is an easy way out here.

2. Bought a couple of Extra Domains? Redirect them!

Some people purchase large volumes domain names that are related to a specific niche and do not use them for an extended period of time. If you still want to utilize those extra domain names, you can forward them all to the main domain name and then begin advertising the extra domains across the internet.

Domain forwarding can also be a useful tactic if the extra domains contain keywords, as it is possible to get these domains to rank highly in search engines before forwarding them by simply adding a bit of content to them and waiting a few weeks.

3. Shortening a Long Domain Name

So you went ahead and registered “www.ilivedtoseemichaeljacksonperformlive.com” just because it seemed really “cool” at that time, but now you’re having problems sharing the name with people. But you also have a domain name called “www.i2d.com” which you find rather embarrassing to give out. You can use your second domain to redirect to the first and make your life less complicated!

If you are a BigRock customer, read on to know how you can activate your Domain Forwarding service.

Activating the Domain Forwarding Service

  1. Go to your Customer Control Panel or click on My Account if you are logged in to the website

  2. Enter your correct Username & Password

  3. Click on the Domains Tab >> List all Orders

  4. Click on the domain name you wish to Forward

  5. Click ‘Domain Forwarding’ Tab

  6. Click Activate Domain Forwarding.

Setting the Destination URL for your domain name

  1. Login to your Control Panel.

  2. Proceed to the Domain Forwarding Service interface.

  3. Click the Manage Domain Forwarding button. This will bring up the Domain Forwarding Management interface.

  4. Enter the Destination URL in the text box provided. This may be of the form domain.com, www.domain.com,www.domain.com/index/index.html, subdomain.domain.com, etc. You may also choose http or https protocol from the dropdown menu.

  5. Click the Save button.

Additional Freebie – URL Masking 

If you enable URL Masking, then visitors to the domain name will be forwarded to your destination website; however the URL in their browser address bar will remain the same. Also known as Stealth Redirection or URL Hiding, this will ensure that your visitors see the original domain name and not the destination domain name.

How does URL Masking work?

  1. Login to your Control Panel.

  2. Proceed to the Domain Forwarding Service interface.

  3. Click the Manage Domain Forwarding button. This will bring up the Domain Forwarding Management interface.

  4. Select either:

  • The On radio button under URL Masking / Stealth Redirection / URL Hiding section for enabling this feature, or

  • The Off radio button for disabling it.

Click the Save button. Simple isn’t it? Go try it right away!

So there you go. Domain Forwarding is extremely easy to set up and really advantageous to use. How many of you already use this service? We’d love to hear what you think about it in the comments section below 🙂

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7 Responses to Domain Forwarding – Use it Effectively!

  1. Dr Techy June 3, 2013 at 6:56 PM #

    bigrock has domain forwarding but it lacks
    subdomain forwarding which is present with many other registrars like godaddy and others. i wish and hope to see this feature soon. sometimes i miss this features on my domains on bigrock.

  2. Amreen June 4, 2013 at 11:38 AM #

    Hi,

    Sub-Domain Forwarding defined with an example is : subdomain.bigrock.com forwards to bigrock.com/subdomain Path Forwarding defined with an example is : bigrock.com/subdomain1 forwards to bigrock.com/subdomain2

    Both features exist and can be found in the domain forwarding section in the control panel. Do let us know if we can help you out with anything else 🙂

  3. Prathamesh December 1, 2013 at 2:24 PM #

    Hi,
    Have started a Mobile version of my website.

    so Desktop version is http://www.schopfer.co.in

    Mobile version is http://www.schopfer.co.in/phone/index.html

    how do I make it to m.schopfer.co.in from bigrock

    No direct way to add subdomain in my settings.

  4. Simon January 10, 2014 at 8:58 PM #

    BIGROCK
    How to forward a subdomain.mydomain.com to forward to an url

    Only mydomain.com to URL is possible, not subdomain to url

    There is no text box to select the subdomain link in source.

  5. Keithp January 13, 2014 at 4:21 PM #

    Hi Prathamesh, I see that both http://www.schopfer.co.in/phone/index.html and m.schopfer.co.in are now working. Can you please check and let me know if you still have any questions. You can also directly reach us for any of your queries through our facebook page or through twitter @BigRock

  6. Keithp January 16, 2014 at 7:56 PM #

    Hi Simon,

    If you already have hosting for the said domain name, you may add a re-direct through your CPanel. If you do not have hosting then you can create a CNAME record and forward your sub-domain to any other domain name/website. Here is how you can manage DNS and Create Records

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