How To: Create Domain Shortcuts (Custom URLs)

This feature allows you to create an unlimited number of custom URLs or subdomain forwards using your own Hover domain name.

A domain shortcut (Custom URL) would be something like: yourdomain.com/facebook, which could be forwarded to a facebook page.

A subdomain forward would do the same, but as a subdomain: facebook.yourdomain.com.

If you only need to forward "yourdomain.com" to another URL/website, please see:
How to: Forward your domain name to another website


Below are the instructions to create the following:

 

Domain Shortcut (Custom URL)

  1. Sign in to your Hover at: https://hover.com/signin

  2. If you have more than one domain, you can click on the domain you want to redirect. This will take you to the Overview page for that domain.



  3. On the Overview page, check to see if your domain is pointed at our nameservers:
    ns1.hover.com
    ns2.hover.com

    If it is, you can move ahead to Step 4.

    If you are not using the two Hover servers listed above, you may not be able to use all of these forwarding features as your DNS is not managed with us. If you aren't using the current nameservers for DNS, you can go ahead and click on Edit and change those to Hover.

    PLEASE NOTE
    : changing your nameservers may disrupt any third party website or email hosting services you have set up on them. If you're in doubt about whether this applies to you or not, please contact us and we'll give you a hand.




  4. Click on the DNS tab.

    Check that your Blank @ and Wildcard * A Records are pointed at 64.98.145.30.

    If your domain is not pointed to our IP, and your domain resolves to a website, your have your website hosting provider's IP address in there, and we don't want to touch this as that will cause your website to come down. In this case, you won't be able to use the first example mentioned above: domain.com/shortcut.  You will still be able to create subdomain forwards, if you wish. Please move to the next section of this article to see how to create these.

    If you are not using the A records, you can go ahead and click on Edit and edit those. Or, you can use the check boxes to select multiple records and then use the Bulk Edit option.



    Reminder: Editing or resetting non-Hover DNS records will point your domain name away from any third party hosting services you may be currently using, which may cause your website or email to stop working.

  5. Click on the Forwards tab.

    Here you can click the button Forward This Domain.



    Or, if you already have some forwards set up, click Create A Forward.



  6. First, choose the forward with /example following your domain.



    Then, enter the shortcut name. In this example, we've used "wiki". Using our example, This means that we want kangaroocareercoaching.com/wiki to be the custom shortcut for another URL this will to forward to. 

    Next, enter the URL you are forwarding your shortcut to.

    Click Save Forward.



    Masking? Use this to hide the URL you are forwarding to and keep your domain name in the address bar during the redirection.

  7. To edit an existing forward, click Edit to the right of the forward.

 
 

Subdomain Forward

Subdomain Forwards are created in two parts:

  • Step 1: Creating the subdomain forward on the Forwards page.
  • Step 2: Creating the A Record for your subdomain.

Step 1: Creating the Subdomain Forward.

  1. Sign in to your Hover at: https://hover.com/signin

  2. If you have more than one domain, you can click on the domain you want to redirect. This will take you to the Overview page for that domain.



  3. On the Overview page, check to see if your domain is pointed at our nameservers:
    ns1.hover.com
    ns2.hover.com

    If it is, you can move ahead to Step 4.

    If you are not using the two Hover servers listed above, you can still create these subdomain forwards in your Hover account, but in Part 2, you will need to create the A records over in the Zone File on those third party servers you're using. If you aren't using the DNS on those servers, you can go ahead and click on Edit, and reset them to ours.

    PLEASE NOTE
    : Changing your nameservers may disrupt any third party website or email hosting services you have set up on them. If you're in doubt about whether this applies to you or not, please contact us and we'll give you a hand. Nameserver changes can take up to 24-48 hours to propagate.




  4. Click on the Forwards tab.

    If you don't have any forwards creates already, click the button Forward This Domain.



    Or, if you already have some forwards set up, click Create A Forward.



  5. First, choose the forward with example. before your domain.



    Then, enter the subdomain. In this example, we've used "wiki". Using our example, This means that we want wiki.kangaroocareercoaching.com to be the subdomain that forwards to another URL. 

    Next, enter the URL you want this subdomain to forward to.

    Click Save Forward.



    Masking? Use this to hide the URL you are forwarding to and keep your domain name in the address bar during the redirection.

  6. To edit an existing forward, click Edit to the right of the forward.

Step 2: Creating the A Record for your Subdomain

Now that we've set up the forward indicating which URL that subdomain will forward to, we need to create the actual subdomain in your DNS zone file.

** If you're using third party nameservers (not Hover), you MUST create this A Record for your subdomain, pointed at our IP address, over in the zone file on those third party servers. If you don't add this record, the subdomain forwarding set up in you Hover account won't work.

To add the A record in your Hover zone file:

  1. Click on the DNS tab.

  2. Here you can click Add A Record.

  3. Record type: A
    Hostname: Your subdomain. Using our example, the hostname would be wiki.
    IP Address: 64.98.145.30

    Click Add Record.



    You should now see the subdomain set up in your Zone File.



    This completes the set up.



 

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