If you don’t have a hosting plan and would like to redirect your domain to another domain, it’s easy to do through domain forwarding. This article will guide you through what domain forwarding is, how to use it, and all the questions in between.
When you forward your domain, you are essentially sending visitors to another page as soon as they visit your website. This is done without a script or HTML — instead, it’s the domain that redirects.
This is useful when you have a website already or if you wish to connect your domain to your social media.
For example, if you have a domain registered with GoDaddy, you can forward the GoDaddy domain to a site you’ve developed with WordPress, Wix, or any other URL.
Keep in mind — it might take some time for your changes to go into effect, and depending on who your nameserver is with, the process of forwarding your domain could look a little different.
It’s also important to understand that your domain’s name does not remain in the URL bar when you forward it. You will see the new page’s URL displayed. If you want to keep the domain’s name in the URL bar, you will need to forward with masking.
Forwarding With and Without Masking
So, to be clear, forwarding alone means you are redirecting visitors to a new URL destination of your choosing, keeping the destination URL in the address bar.
Example: Let’s assign randomexample.com to forward (without masking) to awesomewebsite.net. When a visitor types randomexample.com into a URL bar, they will be redirected to the site for awesomewebsite.net. The URL bar will update to show awesomewebsite.net.
If you want to forward with masking, it will allow you to redirect visitors to a new URL destination of your choosing, keep your domain name in the address bar, and enter meta-tags for search engine information.
Example: Let’s assign randomexample.com to forward with masking to awesomewebsite.net. When a visitor types randomexample.com in a URL bar, they will be redirected to the site for awesomewebsite.net. The URL bar will continue to show randomexample.com, masking the destination URL.
Be cautious when using cloaked URLs because they can have negative effects on SEO (search engine optimization), visitors are not able to see the direct addresses of the pages (effecting sharing and bookmarks), and lastly, they pose a security threat.