Managing the Domain Forwarding Service

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Managing the Domain Forwarding Service


 

 

The Domain Forwarding Management consists of the following:

Setting the Destination URL for your domain name 

This can be achieved by following the steps mentioned below:

  1. Login to your Control Panel.

  2. Proceed to the Domain Forwarding Service interface.

    Note

    You need to have the Domain Forwarding Service activated, before you proceed further.


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

    Note

    You can also use the widget on the Control Panel home page to bring up the Domain Forwarding Management interface.

    Attention

    Ensure that the Domain Forwarding Service is activated before you proceed further.


    You will encounter the below error message in case the Domain Forwarding Service is not activated:

    The Domain Forwarding Service associated with this Domain Name is currently not Active.

    1. Under the Manage Free Services section, provide the domain name.

    2. Select Domain Forwarding Service from the drop-down menu.

    3. Click >>.

    Attention

    For Resellers: The Manage Domain Forwarding button/Domain Forwarding Management interface will be displayed only if the Service belongs to a Customer directly under you. Otherwise, the below error message with be displayed:

    You are not allowed to perform this action.

  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 Options 

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.

Example:

Your website is hosted at http://destination-domain-name.com and you choose to forward http://your-domain-name.com to this website. If you enable URL Masking, your visitors will never see http://destination-domain-name.com as a URL in their browser address bar.

URL Masking will also work perfectly with Path Forwarding. In this case, if you type in http://your-domain-name.com/index/index.html in the browser, the URL in the browser would not change but the page displayed will be of http://destination-domain-name.com/index/index.html.

Additional Information

Path Forwarding

How does URL Masking work? 

In case of URL Masking, the Domain Forwarding Server sends the visitor a frames page where the frame source contains the destination URL you have specified. This ensures that the URL in the address bar of the browser does not change though the visitor sees the destination page.

To Enable / Disable URL Masking:

  1. Login to your Control Panel. 

  2. Proceed to the Domain Forwarding Service interface. 

    Note

    You need to have the Domain Forwarding Service activated, before you proceed further.


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

    Note

    You can also use the widget on the Control Panel home page to bring up the Domain Forwarding Management interface.

    Attention

    Ensure that the Domain Forwarding Service is activated before you proceed further.

    Additional Information


    You will encounter the below error message in case the Domain Forwarding Service is not activated -

    The Domain Forwarding Service associated with this Domain Name is currently not Active.

    1. Under the Manage Free Services section, provide the domain name.

    2. Select Domain Forwarding Service from the drop-down menu.

    3. Click >>.

    Attention

    For Resellers: The Manage Domain Forwarding button/Domain Forwarding Management interface will be displayed only if the Service belongs to a Customer directly under you. Otherwise, the below error message with be displayed:

    You are not allowed to perform this action.

  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.

    Having enabled URL Masking, you may want to set a Page Title and META Tags for the frames page which is sent to the visitor. This can be done by simply putting in your Meta Tags and <TITLE> Tags in the Header Tags box. Whatever you enter in this multi-line box will be output in between <HEAD> </HEAD> Tags on the frames page sent to the visitor. These have to be mentioned in the following format only:

    Meta Tags  

    <META NAME="keywords" CONTENT="Your comma-separated keywords are entered here">
    <META NAME="description" CONTENT="Website description of the forwarded domain name can be mentioned here">

    Page Title  

    <TITLE>Your Webpage Title can be mentioned here</TITLE>

    Note

    Do not mention any text outside the above mentioned Tags or it will disrupt the Domain Forwarding Service for your domain name.

    NOFRAMES Page Content 

    When URL Masking is enabled, the page served to the client is a frames page. Older browsers cannot resolve a frames based page. Moreover, Search Engines have problems trying to spider a frames based website. You may want to set an alternative <NOFRAMES> page content, which would be useful for older browsers and Search Engines. You just need to provide your <NOFRAMES> page HTML content in the No Frames Page Content box. Whatever you enter in this multi-line box will be displayed in between <NOFRAMES> </NOFRAMES> Tags on the frames page sent to the visitor. You may leave box blank, if you do not wish to display <NOFRAMES> page content.

  5. Click the Save button.

Subdomain Forwarding 

Using the Subdomain Forwarding service, you can forward any visitor from http://subdomain.your-domain-name.com to http://destination-domain-name.com/subdomain. The Subdomain Forwarding Service can also be used in conjunction with URL Masking Service.

Example:

If Subdomain Forwarding is enabled, then:

To Enable / Disable Subdomain Forwarding:

  1. Login to your Control Panel. 5

  2. Proceed to the Domain Forwarding Service interface.

    Note

    You need to have the Domain Forwarding Service activated, before you proceed further.

    Additional Information


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

    Note

    You can also use the widget on the Control Panel home page to bring up the Domain Forwarding Management interface.

    Attention

    Ensure that the Domain Forwarding Service is activated before you proceed further.



    You will encounter the below error message in case the Domain Forwarding Service is not activated -

    The Domain Forwarding Service associated with this Domain Name is currently not Active.

    1. Under the Manage Free Services section, provide the domain name.

    2. Select Domain Forwarding Service from the drop-down menu.

    3. Click >>.

    Attention

    For Resellers: The Manage Domain Forwarding button/Domain Forwarding Management interface will be displayed only if the Service belongs to a Customer directly under you. Otherwise, the below error message with be displayed:

    You are not allowed to perform this action.

  4. Select either:

    • the On radio button under Sub Domain Forwarding section for enabling this feature, or

    • the Off radio button for disabling this feature.

  5. Click the Save button.

Path Forwarding 

This feature would be highly useful when you already have a full fledged website on a particular domain name and want to not only forward some other domain name to it, but also all the paths associated with the website. Thus, if you forward http://your-domain-name.com to http://destination-domain-name.com and you enable Path Forwarding for it, then http://your-domain-name.com/index/index.html would be forwarded to http://destination-domain-name.com/index/index.html and so on.

Path Forwarding will also work perfectly with URL Masking. In this case, if you type in http://your-domain-name.com/index/index.html in the browser, the URL in the browser would not change but the page displayed will be of http://destination-domain-name.com/index/index.html.


To Enable / Disable Path Forwarding

  1. Login to your Control Panel.

  2. Proceed to the Domain Forwarding Service interface.

    Note

    You need to have the Domain Forwarding Service activated, before you proceed further.


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

    Note

    You can also use the widget on the Control Panel home page to bring up the Domain Forwarding Management interface.

    Attention

    Ensure that the Domain Forwarding Service is activated before you proceed further.


    You will encounter the below error message in case the Domain Forwarding Service is not activated:

    The Domain Forwarding Service associated with this Domain Name is currently not Active.

    1. Under the Manage Free Services section, provide the domain name.

    2. Select Domain Forwarding Service from the drop-down menu.

    3. Click >>.

    Attention

    For Resellers: The Manage Domain Forwarding button/Domain Forwarding Management interface will be displayed only if the Service belongs to a Customer directly under you. Otherwise, the below error message with be displayed:

    You are not allowed to perform this action.

  4. Select either:

    • the On radio button under Path Forwarding section for enabling this feature, or

    • the Off radio button for disabling this feature.

  5. Click the Save button.


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