How to: Forward your domain name to another website

This article will show you how you can forward your domain name to another website (URL). When you forward your domain to another URL, you are redirecting visitors to your domain to another URL/website.


To create your domain forward, follow these steps:

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

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

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  3. Check to see what Nameservers your domain is pointed at.

    If the nameservers are ns1.hover.com and ns2.hover.com, then you can skip to the next step. If your name servers are not set to Hover, click on the EDIT button and change your name servers to ns1.hover.com and ns2.hover.com.

    PLEASE NOTE
    : changing your nameservers may disrupt any third party website or email hosting services.  If you are in doubt whether this applies to you, please contact customer service by email at help@hover.com, live chat down below in the chat window, or give us a call at 1-866-731-6556 Mon-Fri 8am-11pm, Sat-Sun 8am-8pm EST.

    If you need help editing your nameservers see: How to: Change your domain nameservers 

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  4. Click on the DNS tab. If your blank (@) A record is pointed at 64.98.145.30, as pictured below, continue to the next step. The wildcard (*) A record is not required, but is recommended (it will allow www.yourdomain.com to forward as well).

    If your domain is not pointed at 64.98.145.30 the domain forwarding will not work. If you have a different IP address in here it could be for your existing website. If you don't need the old IP address any more, you can click on Edit and change these to Hover.

    For help editing DNS records, see: How to: Edit DNS Records 

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  5. Click on the Overview tab again, and then click on Forward This Domain in the Forwards section.

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  6. Chose the blank domain from the drop down list.

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  7. Enter the full URL (including the http:// or https://) in the Forwarding To section.

    Masking is optional. This will mask the forwarded URL, and instead keep your domain in the web browser address bar.

    Note: Depending on where your forward your domain to, the masking may cause some issues with the functionality of the site. This is because not all websites work well with, or allow masking.

    Click Save Forward when finished.

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  8. Your domain forward will be displayed in the Forwards section.

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Domain Forwarding Tip:  If you have one of your domain names forwarded directly to another domain name, then you can use your domain name to point at a directory at the destination domain name.

For example, if walktheplanky.com is configured to forward to http://cbc.ca then http://walktheplanky.com/sports will load http://www.cbc.ca/sports

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    Nathaniel Keifer

    Is there anyway to forward subdomains elsewhere without having to have my A records pointed at Hover?

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    Tyson Acker

    @ Nathaniel - you can use an A record to point a subdomain at a web hosting company or have only one subdomain pointed at our IP address for the sake of domain forwarding.  For example:

    cars.domain.com could be pointed at the IP address of a web host, or

    domain.com could be pointed at the IP address of a web host while a separate A record points cars.domain.com at 64.99.80.30 (our forwarding server IP address) so you can use the subdomain with a domain forward in Hover.

    Hope this answer helps!

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    Nathaniel Keifer

    Tyson, this is EXACTLY what I was looking for and solves my issue...thanks!

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    Shaun Hill

    Is there a way to redirect the "www" subdomain to my bare domain? I tried to do this and when I go to "www" it just shows a Hover page listing all my subdomains.

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    Shaun Hill

    Just to clarify: I want a 301 redirect from my www to my bare domain in order to follow no-www.com "Class B" standards. I'm wondering if this is possible with your DNS system; if not, I'll do it on my web server.

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    Tyson Acker

    @Shaun - the Hover forwarding system only uses 302 redirects.  You could create an A record to point the www host at 64.99.80.30 (this is the IP of our forwarding server) and use our forwarding servers to do a 302 redirect of the www host to your second level domain.  To set up a 301 redirect, you would need to configure it on your web server.

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    Erv Walter

    @Tyson, can you guys just fix this and use 301 instead of 302?  In my opinion, you're doing it wrong.  no-www standards aside, 301 is needed for optimal SEO.

    I just assume not to have to pay a web host (or an alternative DNS host like no-ip.com) just to host a web server at my naked domain for the sole purpose of serving up a 301 redirect.  In the age of cloud hosted services like Heroku and Windows Azure, it becomes even less practical to even have a naked domain pointed to an IP address they host.

    What you guys provide right now is almost perfect and I wish you'd just make the one little change to switch to 301.

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    Tyson Acker

    Hi Erv - Thanks for the feedback.  I've shared your suggestion with our team and logged it as a feature request.  Specifically, I'm sharing a suggestion to provide a choice between a 301 or 302 redirect.  I think that would be an excellent feature for us to have. 

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    Shaun McDonnell

    Any update on the ability to use a 301 redirect instead of a 302 when forwarding?  Thanks.

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    Tyson Acker

    Hi Shaun - sorry we do not have any updates on the feature request to change our forwarding from 302 to 301 redirects.

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    Jonathan Grubb

    How do I forward http://mydomain.com to http://www.mydomain.com? I've found this question elsewhere and it points to this page, but I don't see how I can create a forward without specifying a shortcut. How do I make the shortcut a while card?

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    Jonathan Grubb

    Oh, I see. I had to enter a forward to  http://www.mydomain.com in the "Forward My Domain" section of the Domain Details tab, rather than setting up something in the Forwards tab. Double use of the term "Forward" is confusing. It would be good to add a note or cross-link between the two describing the difference.

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    Blair Mueller

    Hi Jonathan, 

    Thanks for the feedback and I'm glad you were able to sort that out.  The "Forwards" tab is where you can create custom domain forwards for your domain name.  But a URL forward is, as you said, done on the Domain Details next to "forward this domain to" section. 

    If you have any questions or need help with anything, please let us know. 

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    Rachel Ziese

    I think I have my domain forwarding as described above but it isn't working. Am I doing something wrong?

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    Roberto Gómez Vicente

    I have the same problem than Rachel, does the forwarding take a while? I've done a whois to my domain and it appears my nameservers are ns1.hover.com and ns2.hover.com so everything is alright (I have default DNS) but when I enter my domain it doesn't redirect, why?

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    Tyson Acker

    @ Rachel - Etsy does not allow us to load their website into a frame for stealth forwarding / masking. I turned off stealth and now your domain name redirects to your Etsy stop.

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    Tyson Acker

    Hi Roberto -  Changes to domain name servers can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 48 hours to take effect due to DNS caching. Once a domain name is pointed at our name servers, changes to domain forwarding settings are practically instant. I tested your forwarding and it looks like it is working from my Internet connection, although the destination website is loading quite slowly.. Please let us know if you have an ongoing issue.

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    Rachel Ziese

    Thanks Tyson! I should have thought to try that.

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    Ryan Jones

    @Tyson

    Can I point my top level domain to one web hosting company, and a subdomain to another? If so, what method do you recommend? Thanks

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    Blair Mueller

    Hi Ryan, 

    You can do that.  If you point your blank (@) A record to the IP address of your hosting company, and then create an A record for, lets say "www", and have that point to the IP address of another hosting company, that would work. 

    Or, you can create a CNAME record that points to another host, such as ghs.google.com, for example.

    If you need help with this, or have any additional question, please feel free to give us a call or send us an email.

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    Cristina Janusz

    I did forwarding to my blog but if i am on www.mywebsite.com and click on an individual blog post, it stays www.mywebsite.com and not www.mywebsite.com/2013/02/blogpost.html

    I am really new to all this and honestly don't know what I'm doing, but is there a way to fix that?

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    Rob Lake

    Cristina, the only way to prevent that from happening is to link to your blog via DNS and not as a stealth/masked URL forward.

    Lots of blogs give the option of pointing to them through DNS, however, it's rarely a free service. If you're interested in keeping everything free, the way you're doing it right now is your best bet.

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    Jonathan Flower

    So, I signed up for hover.com because I wanted to simplify how I manage my various domain names and their DNS records.  I absolutely prefer hover's interface over my web host.   If I understand correctly, Hover does not provide the standard for 301 redirects which is the standard for directing traffic between "www.mywebsite.com" and "mywebsite.com"?  This is because a 301 redirect is a permanent redirect while a 302 is a temporary redirect. 

    Well I will hope that Hover supports this in a very simple way in the near future. 

    For now I have followed Tyson's instructions "You could create an A record to point the www host at 64.99.80.30 (this is the IP of our forwarding server) and use our forwarding servers to do a 302 redirect of the www host to your second level domain."

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    Craig Sherstan

    Please add the options for a 301 redirect. I am using wwwizer.com to forward until this is corrected. Thanks.

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    Joel Gegerson

    Dear Hover - 301 redirects are clearly an RFC standard (see http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc2616#section-10.3.2) and clearly many of your customers expect to be able to implement them using your service.  I control 84 additional domain names I'd love to transfer from another registrar to Hover if you'd only provide a way to implement 301 redirects.  I can't imagine that it would take your development team too much effort to implement this so as to be cost-prohibitive on your part.  Why won't you let me and many other customers who want to do 301s pay you more money???!!!???  You're running a for-profit business, aren't you?  You need to know that you're losing out on a bunch of business by not providing this option.  Aside from your current customers like me who have other business we'd like to send your way, there are surely many others who have read these comments and chosen to use other providers because you don't provide this option.

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    Manuel Hilty

    Hi 

    This thread already exists for a while. What's the status of the 301-forward-feature? We need that for our SEO.

    Thanks for a Feedback.

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    Brennan Valenzuela

    Hi Manuel, there are no updates to provide, but it is still an open feature request under consideration.

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    Andy Thomas

    I'm in the same position as the other guys here. I want 301 forwarding and am looking at having use a webserver to achieve it. Why won't hover provide 301 forwarding?

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    James Harris

    Hi, a slightly  different question. 

    I've had a hover email firstname@lastname.net  _for several years now. It was set up ages ago so that   _firstname.lastname.net redirects to another domain, call it b.net.nz .    Now I want to change that - but the redirect doesn't show up in the "manage forwards" page https://www.hover.com/forwards.

    It looks like that page can only create new forwards such as www.firstname.lastname.net -> shortcut_name.b.net.nz,  where "shortcut_name" is the "shortcut name" required by the manage forwards forms.

    So my questions are:

    1. How do I edit the existing shortcut_ firstname.lastname.net_ ?
    2. How can we  create shortcuts in  a way that doesn't require use of a 'shortcut name' , and forward to the root of an external domain?

    Thanks!

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    Brennan Valenzuela

    Hi James, thanks for asking. I've sent you an email so we can talk further.

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