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.



  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 



  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 



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



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



  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.



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

 

 

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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    Joerg Philipp

    Have the same issue as James Harris: cannot change or remove the old forward from firstname.lastname.com to my webspace. Is there a solution?

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    Brennan Valenzuela

    Hi Joerg, I've also sent you an email.

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    James Harris

    Hi Brennan,

     Thanks for fixing the old forward for me.

    = James

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    Troy McConaghy

    What's the status on providing HTTP 301 (permanent) redirects as an option in addition to 302 (temporary) redirects? I'd like to get all my domains registered with Hover.com, but it's not going to happen unless I can do 301 redirects.

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    Sam Coulombe

    Hey Troy, 301 redirects is a feature that has been requested and is in the queue to be considered, but isn't on the roadmap yet. 

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    Christian Bell

    Hover staff: Just to add another voice to the crowd, as a new customer, I’d like to see 301 redirects. Please consider adding this to the roadmap, formally.

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    Patrick O'Shaughnessey

    +1 on 301 redirects. I definitely need this feature! Please add it soon.

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    Steven Smolinski

    Another heroku user voting for a speedy implementation of a 301 redirect option.

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    Pieter van Zoen

    +1 for the choice of a 301 redirect! :)

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    Gabriel Ponzanelli

    +1 for the 301 redirect.

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    Danyal Aytekin

    +301

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    Vahid Yamartino

    My team needs a 301 redirect, and if we can't get it, we'll unfortunately need to move this domain to another service. : \

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    James Harris

    Received this email today (5 Nov 2013) from help@hover.com.   Very disappointed, to say the least. It's a great feature of the Hover system.

    We wanted to let you know about a change we’re making to one of the features of personal names.

     

    Effective December 3, 2013, web redirects for subdomains will no longer be supported. Redirects allowed you to forward visitors to your personal domain to another website. For example, you may have forwarded http://john.smith.net/twitter to your Twitter webpage.

     

    A couple of years ago, we removed the ability to add and edit these personal name redirects. It was a little-used feature then, and now we’re turning it off altogether.

     

    What does this mean?

    If you are one of the few people who set up a redirect for your personal name domain, then it will no longer forward as of December 3, 2013.

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    Henry Abey

    Hi James, this e-mail is in regards to personal e-mail subdomain forwarding. E-mail forwarding, and regular domain forwarding and subdomain forwarding will continue to work. We do understand your disappointment.  The subdomain forwarding service on personalized e-mail was something that was started by the older companies who we acquired when they went out of business and isn't something we've offered to new customers. Thanks for the feedback!

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    Dhruv Gami

    +1 on 301 redirects

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    Jason Brown

    I'm a big fan of Hover and have been registering domains here for some time.  I recently started hosting some sites with Squarespace and noticed that they have released a new recommended method for linking domains that involves a redirect at the domain registration level.  This allows the link to be independent on a IP address (their is an old way which allows you to point the IP but it looks like they are moving away from that.)  Here's the thing though, if you use their new recommended method, and you host with Hover, then you have no choice but to create a 302 redirect around your site.  Anyone who has existing search rank would be crazy to do that.  Yes, if you have a hosting account somewhere, you can point the name their and redirect from that space but there are many other domain name registrars who offer the option to do a 301 or 302 redirect.  And you won't have to pay for additional hosting services.  I don't understand why Hover would not also offer this feature and risk losing their customers.  Squarespace is becoming more popular (and is a great platform) and this makes registering with Hover prohibitive.  If they discontinue the old method then I would have no choice but to transfer domains to another registrar, which would not be my preference.  This thread has been here for a while and it seems unwise to not offer this important feature, same as your competitors.  Just saying.

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    Jon Oglesby

    I would like to see hover add 301 redirects not just 302 redirects. Bing for one needs that.  Please can you prioritize this feature !

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    Mitch Bolton

    I'm in the same spot Jason Brown is in with Squarespace. They're changing their system and it's saying I'm incorrectly connected. Their process says I need to setup a 301 redirect. Help!

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    Jason Brown

    Mitch-  It's OK.  Don't worry.  The old method still works.  That little warning icon is there but its fine to leave it as is.  They just sent out that new recommended method recently and they have not depreciated the old method.  Hopefully, they won't.  If they do move IP's, perhaps we can lobby for them to simply give us the new address.  Worse comes to worse, we can point it to a server (convenient if you already have an existing account)  and direct it to squarespace from there, or we can transfer the domains to a registrar that does allow 301's (which is a shame.)  I did put in a ticket to Hover and they did respond that they are hoping to offer the feature but still are not as of yet.  As long as the domain is still landing 202 (meaning you still get where you need to go when you type in your url on a browser) then there is no need to change to the new forwarding method.  Best way I know to check that your domain is good:  http://www.howto301redirect.com/301-redirect-checker/

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    Danyal Aytekin

    Considering Hover's good reputation I'm very surprised that you still don't plan to offer this.  It is crucial functionality for anybody planning to host a non-hobbyist website, which I'm guessing is pretty much everyone who holds a domain here.  What exactly is the technical problem?  Most other domain registrars, such as Gandi, have implemented this:

    http://wiki.gandi.net/en/domains/management/domain-as-website/forwarding

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    Henry Abey

    Hey guys, thanks for all your great feedback regarding 301 redirects. We have been listening to you, and hopefully we can have this added sometime soon. We don't have any time frame on when it will be added, but I've created a new post in our Feature Request section that you can also comment on. It's not a technical problem, but we currently have other projects that we're working on that will have a greater impact for more clients. 

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    Yanick Vaillancourt

    Hi, I was also a user of personal subdomain forward http://john.smith.com => my personal web page but unlike James Harris (comment upper) I did not receive this e-mail and the forward just stop working.

    I am VERY disappointed (still an understatement) that you guys removed this feature. Why did you do that ???? Is there anyway we can have an equivalent access, forward to Hover-hosted subdomain, etc. ?


    Received this email today (5 Nov 2013) from  help@hover.com.   Very disappointed, to say the least. It's a great feature of the Hover system.

    We wanted to let you know about a change we’re making to one of the features of personal names.

     

    Effective December 3, 2013, web redirects for subdomains will no longer be supported. Redirects allowed you to forward visitors to your personal domain to another website. For example, you may have forwarded  http://john.smith.net/twitter to your Twitter webpage.

     

    A couple of years ago, we removed the ability to add and edit these personal name redirects. It was a little-used feature then, and now we’re turning it off altogether.

     

    What does this mean?

    If you are one of the few people who set up a redirect for your personal name domain, then it will no longer forward as of December 3, 2013.

    November 05, 2013 01:11

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    Henry Abey 

    Hover Help Center

    Hi James, this e-mail is in regards to personal e-mail subdomain forwarding. E-mail forwarding, and regular domain forwarding and subdomain forwarding will continue to work. We do understand your disappointment.  The subdomain forwarding service on personalized e-mail was something that was started by the older companies who we acquired when they went out of business and isn't something we've offered to new customers. Thanks for the feedback!

     

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    Louis Duchesne

    +1 for 301

    I've also added a comment in your feature request post at

    https://hover.zendesk.com/entries/25853185-301-Redirects

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    Danyal Aytekin

    Please could *everyone* here go over to the feature request page and click "me too".  Thanks :D 

    https://hover.zendesk.com/entries/25853185-301-Redirects

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    Sophie Lecalvez

    I want create a subdomain from my domain,

    example : http://en.example.com

    How Can I do it ?

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    Blair M

    Hi Sophie, 

    There are a couple of ways to do this, but I would need to know how your domain is currently set up, and where you want to point the subdomain to.  For example, you can create a subdomain using the "Forwards" tab and have this custom forward point to another site URL, or you can use an IP address and set this up under the domain DNS records.  The second one is a bit more technical, but we can help you with either way. 

    Could you send us an email with your information and we can take a look at this for you and be able to give some more specific help.  You can email us at help@hover.com

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    Sophie Lecalvez

    Thank you Blair but I don't want a redirection I want a subdomain for my second website version. Hover is very bad provider. I prefer transfert my domain name to Godaddy, more easy for create a REAL subdomain

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    Blair M

    Hi Sophie, 

    Sorry if my last message wasn't too clear, I provided two ways to create a subdmain.  The first method was using the subdomain forwarding, because you left your comment on this article which shows you how to do that, but then also mentioned creating a subdomain using the DNS with either an IP address or a CNAME record.  There is more than one way to do that depending on what you need. I wasn't able to find an email from you with more details about what you need set up, did you happen to send us one?

    From what you have told me here, you want to create a subdomain using the DNS settings, so you will find this article helpful, it shows you how to create DNS records, which is the most common way to create subdomains:

    https://help.hover.com/entries/21204757-How-to-Edit-DNS-records-A-CNAME-MX-TXT-and-SRV

    I know creating DNS records can be a bit tricky so if you do have any trouble, we are here to help, just give us a call (1-866-731-6556) or send us an email, help@hover.com, and we can definitely give you a hand with any DNS settings you need.

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    Bill Lawson

    301 REDIRECTS NOW!!  (Like the 10 people have stated above in these comments.)  Oh my word.  I finally found this comments page - although it is too late I am afraid.  It is mind-boggling that you provide the 'Redirect' option and then don't advise if it is a 302 redirect or a 301 redirect.  Naturally, I assumed that it was a 301 permanent redirect.  NOTHING was said about it being the temporary 302 redirect.  Why not let your users choose by allowing .htaccess files to control this?  Anyway, I had several domains here at Hover (and some elsewhere) that had similar names to one of my domains, but which had never been set up with their own webpages as their own domains.  So naturally I 'redirected' them to my domain.  WRONG!!!   Google interpreted the temporary redirect as a bunch of low grade links of high volume (every page) to my new website.  And guess what???  I got Google link penalties that hammered my site. Great.  THANKS A BUNCH HOVER!  (Duh)

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    Nathan McNutt

    Hi, I'm trying to setup a subdomain for a blog for my site. I am working on building my website but would like to connect my blog to it. I use tumblr for my blog and nixihost to host my site. Is there any way I can have it to where mysite.com goes to my site hosted with nixihost and blog.mysite.com go to my tumblr blog?

    Thank you very much, 

    Nathan McNutt

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