Brief Description About Domain Forwarding

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Domain forwarding is a process of redirecting a website to other URL. It is used when a web page redirects a visitor to another website, without using HTML or a script to do the redirection. The domain name itself redirects to the website. When a domain is configured by forwarding, it forwards the visitor to another website, the domain’s name does not stay in the web browser’s URL bar and the new page’s URL is displayed. So if we want to keep the domain’s name in the URL bar, we need to use stealth forwarding.

Domain forwarding only affects the domain itself. If we want to set up email forwarding with our domain, that is done separately.

Uses of Domain Forwarding:

The following assets enlightens the uses of domain forwarding and what benefits it provides for certain situations:

Changing the Name:

We choose our first web address very quickly as we are very excited to begin our journey on world wide web. After the name has been chosen, there is no way to change it, so we’ll have to live with it forever unless we buy a new domain name, Obviously, the best way to avoid this would be to be very careful when selecting a domain name for our site. The best possible solution is domain forwarding.

Extra Domains:

Some people purchase large volumes domain names. But do not use them for an extended period of time. After letting the domains sit for a while, they decide to utilize them. But they don’t want to go through building the multiple sites. If we still want to utilize those extra domain names in our repository, we can forward them all to the main domain name and then begin advertising the extra domains across the internet.

URL Redirection:

URL redirection is similar process as domain forwarding. Instead of forwarding the entire domain, we can forward a specific page on a domain to another page within the same domain. This is very useful if we’ve recently moved content or rearranged the structure of our site. URL redirection and domain forwarding are two techniques that everyone should learn who are a part of world wide web.

Types of Domain Forwarding:

Types of Domain Forwarding

Permanent 301 redirection:

Redirection(301) is a permanent type of unmasked redirection. It is useful if our website was permanently moved to the new address and we want it to be indexed by search engines. It is considered to be the most efficient and search engine-friendly method for webpage redirection.

301 redirections are particularly useful in the following situations:

  • We’ve moved our site to a new domain, and we want to make the transition as infinite as possible.
  • People access our site through several different URLs. For example, our home page can be reached in multiple ways i.e. via http://example.com/home, http://home.example.com, http://www.example.com or https://www.example.com. It’s a good method to pick one of those URLs as our preferred destination and use 301 redirections to send traffic from other URLs to our preferred URL.

Temporary 302 redirection:

Redirection(302) is a temporary type of unmasked redirection. It is useful if a certain URL has been changed to a different address temporarily. Search engines will index the original URL and not the destination URL and display the original URL in search results.

  • So let us assume, we want to redirect URL A to URL B via 302 redirect. When we may need it?
  • We need them when there is Page A maintenance and we want to temporarily redirect visitors to a temporary Page B. And when it is important for us to keep URL A indexed but redirect users to some other page.
  • For instance, we sell laptops and have page labeled “Brand new Laptops”, it is SEO-friendly. Instead of updating it all the time when a new laptop comes out, we can just create a separate page with the new laptop and 302 redirect from “Brand new Laptops” to it. In this case, search engines will keep indexing the “Brand new Laptops” page while visitors will always be redirected to the page with the latest laptops.

Frame Forwarding:

Frame Forwarding

Frame forwarding is a technique of domain redirection, but with this method the visitor’s browser will show your domain name and not the target address.

  • For example, if a visitor types (example .com) in the address bar of the browser, and we have set up a forward to (example2 .com), the visitor will automatically be sent (example2 .com) and the browser will display (example .com).
  • Domain frame forwarding is very useful if we have a site with a long, complicated address. We can register a simpler domain name and then forward it via frame forwarding.
  • For manual set up of frame forwarding we can write the below code using <iframe> tag:

<html>
<head>
<title> Site Title </title>
</head>
<style>
body {
margin: 0;
padding: 0;
}
body, iframe {
width: 100%;
height: 100%;
}
iframe {
border: 0;
}
</style>
<body>
<iframe src=”http://example.com”/>
</body>
</html>

Conclusion:

Domain Forwarding is redirection of a Domain A to Domain B. With growing importance of virtualization, it is very crucial to Protect online brand identity. Currently, a domain name can be registered with lot of domain extensions like .com, .net, .org, in etc. Though for some domain extensions there is a restriction in place. For example, not everyone is allowed to book restricted domain extension i.e. domain extension .gov.in which is reserved for government of India. But World Wide Web is open for everyone. In these situations, domain forwarding is a very handy option.

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