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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    Brian Cabral

    Hi Nathan,

    I noticed Michael sent a reply to your email help request sent to help@hover.com. He's provided you some instructions on how to get this sorted out and you can reply to his email if you have any questions or need further assistance.

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    Howard Golin

    lol... seriously. no 301 yet! what is this, the 80's, 90's... early 2000? it can be done by htaccess but then i wouldnt get to make fun of this "provider".

    this is for php based sites... wordpress, joomla and such:

    Redirect 301 / http://www.newdomain.com/

    Redirect 301 /awesome-page-of-website/ http://www.newdomain.com/awesome-page-of-website/

    Redirect 301 /category/more-magical-pages-on-website/ http://www.newdomain.com/category/more-magical-pages-on-website/

    here is a more in depth reference - http://www.rackspace.com/knowledge_center/frequently-asked-question/how-can-i-do-a-301-redirect

    hope that helps... and geez hover :/

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    Blair M

    Hi Howard, 

    You're right and we agree, it's time we offered this option.  As we've seen a growing demand for 301 redirect support from our customers over the years, it is something we've moved up our priority list this past year and it's something we're working on right now.  There's no exact ETA on when it will be implemented, we have a list of things we're working on that are higher up on that list, but 301 redirects are something you will be able to use with us in the near future.

    Thanks for your ongoing patience and feedback.

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    Andrea Siboni

    Hover guys, do you actually have in house developers? Because adding this feature would require all of 1 hour (tops) and there are other basic service requests like DNS SEC waiting since 2011 in the backburner. I mean, come on, show us you spare some nickels to improve your service too.

     

    https://help.hover.com/entries/20786303-DNSSEC-for-signed-top-level-domains-

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    Leo Waltz

    I don't see a capability under stealth mode to use a favicon like my domains that I have elsewhere.  Doesn't Hover have this option?

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    Michael Fich

    Hi Leo,

    You are correct.  The "Stealth redirection" masking service does not come with the ability to upload a Favicon to go with the domain name.

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    Juan Rios

    Hi, I would like to use stealth redirection, however when enabled I can't no longer display the mobile version of the website. What should i do to avoid that?

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    Philippa Groom

    Hi, I've followed the url redirect instructions, but have been unable to get my hover url to redirect  to where i want it to go. Can you give me a hand? Thanks.

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    Philippa Groom

    Nevermind. it's working now. just took a little time.

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    Jason Brown

    Over a year ago, I was in need of a 301 redirect in connection with a Squarespace account. I was happy to see that SS and Hover were able to come up with a nicer way to connect that no longer requires the redirect. But now I have another scenario where the 301 redirect is needed again. The response is always that this feature is in the works but it's hard to understand why it would take so long to implement something that is readily offered by other registrars. I am huge Hover fan and often refer others but this does not bode well. Requiring me to use a separate hosting account in order to accomplish a 301 just seems uncouth.  I'd like to give Hover the benefit of the doubt but if it doesn't happen soon then I will need to transfer a few domains, which is not my preference. If there is some reason why this is not being offered then maybe being transparent about that would assuage some of the bad feeling. What's the deal?

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    Michael Fich

    Hi Juan,

    When using "Stealth Redirection" with your forwarding, this requires that a new HTML page be generated which displays your forwarding address within a frame.  Some web browsers, including many mobile browsers, do not render frames very well.

    To ensure that the website that you are forwarding to is displayed properly in all web browsers, it's best to either disable stealth redirection, or map the domain name to the web hosting server that you are attempting to display the content of.  Your web host should be able to provide you with either nameserver, or DNS records, to help map to that website in most cases.

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    Michael Fich

    Hi Jason,

    I see that you had posted the same comment in our 301 Redirect Feature Request post.  As soon as we have any updates to provide, we'll make sure to add a new post to feature request thread for you.

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    Mark Valentine

    I followed the instructions to forward my domain to a herokuapp, but I can't get it to work on my laptop or any desktops.  Strangely enough, I can access the site on mobile platforms, but whenever i try to access the site on my laptop or desktop the webpage isn't available!  Any idea what's going on?

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    Michael Fich

    Hi Mark,

    I've looked up your domain settings and it appears you've set everything up correctly.

    It sounds as though your laptop and desktops may be be using cached DNS not allowing your website to resolve just yet.  Usually this gets cleared up after a short period of time, but you can clear the cache from your web browser and also flush your DNS as well to try to get that to resolved even quicker.

    It's also possible, if you are using your laptop and desktop on your local network, but using your mobile devices on a mobile network, that the internet service provider (ISP) for your local network may also be caching DNS on their end as well.  In that scenario, you'd just need to wait for their cache to be cleared as well.

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    Claude Cormier

    I have ormetal.com register here and hosted at Korax.net. So my name serves are those of Korax and I have no DSN recors here.

    I want to register a new domain ormetal.ca and have it hosted on another host service. Also need to forward ormetal.com to ormetal .ca so all current links to ormetal.com will end to ormetal.ca.

    I check the procedure for forwarding ormetal.com to ormetal.ca. Step3 is OK and easy to do. So are step 5 and 6 are step forward and not a problem.

    What about step 4? Since I have no DSN record at Hover, do I simply add a A record pointing to 66.99.80.20

    Anything else I should take care of?

     

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    Blair M

    Hi Claude, 

    If you have ormetal.com pointing to third party DNS servers (Korax) then you cannot use the forwarding mentioned above in this article. This only applies to your domain if you are using our DNS and you simply want to forward your domain to another URL.

    If you want to purchase ormetal.ca, and then forward ormetal.com to the .ca, we can do that by changing your DNS servers to ours, and then using the above method to forward ormetal.com to http://www.ormetal.ca

    The only thing with this is that this will cause all links and urls on the ormetal.com to also forward to the .ca version of the domain.  

    I would suggest sending in a help request to help@hover.com when you get the .ca purchased and you want to help get this all setup.  Likely what we will only be able to help you do is forward ormetal.com to ormetal.ca. 

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    Caue Rego

    In case anyone else is struggling with setting up a subdomain to forward like I was, there's a bit obvious hint on this post that's not explicit enough, I'd say.

    Setting up the @ will allow you to forward the naked domain under the Domain Details tab. But you need to also set up * to make any subdomain forwarding under Forwards tab to work. To me it looks like this is a bad standard among DNS services, and each one makes their own. Or maybe I'm just confused by all that over the years. Anyway, just do set up both!

    @.example.com  A  64.99.80.30

    *.example.com  A  64.99.80.30

    But keep in mind the important part for subdomains is the wildcard there. ;)

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    Mark Hornblower

    Is there a master list (or even a partial one) of hosting services that dont allow stealth redirection?  Specifically, does anyone know if a site hosted at Funio will properly display the address for a stealth re-direct?

     

     

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    Blair M

    Hi Caue, 

    Yes, the wild card must be there as it does catch all the subdomains or as most people use it for, to catch the "www" when that's typed into the address bar.  The "Forwards" tab is actually a different thing all together, but it does also rely on the forwarding IP address of ours to function properly.  You will see in our example screenshot above, both the @ and * record are boxed in red, and we mention both A records must be there.

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    Blair M

    Hi Mark, 

    There are hundreds of thousands of hosting providers in the world, it would be quite difficult to test them all out and make a list to see which ones work and don't work well with stealth redirection, and it could change over time.  The best way to find out would be to just try it out.  Enable Stealth redirection and if everything works fine as it should, then you are good to go. 

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    Majid Almatiree

    Hi there,

     

    Can you help me ?

     

    I want forward from http://domin1.com to http://domain2.com

     

    when someone type domain1.com , he move to domain2.com

     

    Thank you,

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    Blair M

    Hi Majid, 

    I'm not sure I know what it is you need help with.  What you explained in your comment is exactly how this feature works.  You forward one domain (domain1.com) to another URL, such as http://domain2.com, and when someone goes to domain1.com in their browser, they are forwarded over to domain2.com.  

    Have you set this up and it's not working? Is that the issue?  Or are you having trouble with the instructions above in this article? 

    Can you provide a bit more detail about the problem you're having?

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    Majid Almatiree

    Blair M , I mean when I go to my second domain ( majid.io ) , I see this error  ' 404 Not Found ' . Supposed to redirect to my first domain ( pvttwt.com ) .

     

    I followed all the steps in the lesson above.

     

    Why do I get this error ?

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    Majid Almatiree

    I fixed

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    Blair M

    Great!  Thanks for the update.  I double checked and your name servers and DNS appear to be correct too, so everything is good.

    Have a great week.

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    Billy Collett

    How long will it take until the forward goes into effect?

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    Terri-Leigh H.

    Hi Billy

    As long as your nameservers are set to Hover's (ns1.hover.com and ns2.hover.com) it will take about 15 minutes for the DNS to be active. If you are setting up the "Forward This Domain" or "Forwards"  you just want to make sure your DNS has the Hover default A records. These will be pointing to 64.99.80.30

    Hope that helps!

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    Spencer Janyk

    I heard this feature was being deprecated and it is now no longer working for me. Can you confirm?

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    Terri-Leigh H.

    Hi Spencer

    The Forward This Domain feature isn't going away! We love it! Changes were updated in the last few weeks to this feature that changed the function for some users. For your domains, I have sent you an email. Please look out for that response.

    Thanks! 

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