How To: Create Domain Shortcuts (Custom URLs)

Hover's domain forwarding service allows you to create unlimited, custom redirections using yourdomain.com/shortcut or shortcut.yourdomain.com.

To create these additional domain forwards, complete the following steps:

 

1. Sign in to your Hover account HERE.

 

 

2. If there is more than one domain name in your account, click on the domain you want to redirect. This will open its Domain Details page.

 

 

3. Check your domain's nameservers. 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.  Click HERE if you need more detailed instructions on how to change your domain's name servers.

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 or give us a call at 1-866-731-6556.

 

 

4. Click on the DNS tab. Double check that your domain name's A records are pointed at 64.98.145.30, as pictured below.  You can skip to the next step if this is how your domain is configured already.

If your domain is not pointed at 64.98.145.30 then domain forwarding will not work.  This means you are pointing your domain to another IP, possible for your existing website.

You can edit existing DNS records by placing your mouse cursor over the hostname and clicking on edit DNS.  Alternatively, you can use the Reset to default link to reset all of your DNS records to the Hover defaults.  Editing or resetting DNS records will point your domain name away from any third party hosting services you may be currently using.

Click HERE if you need more detailed instructions on how to edit your DNS records.

 

5.  Click on the Forwards tab and then click on Add New.

 

 

6.  Enter a Shortcut Name and then enter the destination address in the Forward To text field.  The Shortcut Name is what will appear at the end of your custom URL, for example, yourdomain.com/shortcutname

There are a couple other option for you to chose from, but they are optional:

Make this a subdomain -  This will make a subdomain forward.  For example, checking this option will turn the above example to shortcutname.yourdomain.com, instead of yourdomain.com/shortcutname

Mask this - Check this if you want your custom domain forward to remain in the address bar after loading the destination website.  Please note that stealth redirection will not work with all websites.  Some websites, such as YouTube, will not allow you to use masking.

Click Save when you are finished.

 

 

7.  To edit an existing forward, mouseover it and click on the appropriate link.

Forward - Allows you to edit the existing destination address
Subdomain - Allows you to turn a shortcut into a subdomain forward, and vice-versa if it already is a subdomain
Mask - Allows you to turn on/off masking (stealth)
Remove - Allows you to delete the forward all together

 

 

8.  To view your forward in action, wait about 15 mins and you can view your forward.  In the example above, you'd type in monsieursbucket.com/cupcakes in the address bar.

 

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4 Comments

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    Simon Yang

    The article said"If your domain is not pointed at 64.99.80.30 then domain forwarding will not work."

    I want to build a subdomain and transfer to another site,but I my A records need to point my host

    e.g. www.xxx.com -> 123.12.123.1

    xxx.com -> 123.12.123.1

    but I want : test.xxx.com -> http://www.facebook.com/

    how can I do?

    Thanks.

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    Terri-Leigh H.

    Hi Simon

    There are a few different options to allow subdomains to be be active within Hover when not using our default IP.

    Option 1: Add A record 

    Adding an A record for our IP and setting the Host name as the subdomain you wanted.

    For example: test  A  64.99.80.30

    After this you can add the subdomain to your Forwards tab.

    Option 2: Add CNAME record

    With this option adding a CNAME with the Host name as the subdomain and the target host pointing to the URL you want to direct to.

    For example: test  CNAME  www.otherdomainname.com

    With links to  Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, and YouTube (there are a few others) The CNAME option will not work as their services don't allow that style of redirection. You would need to go with Option 1 to link to a Facebook page.

    Hope that helps!

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    Ryan Bissett

    These articles are really helpful!

    I'm just wondering if there's a way to mask a Forward while retaining the page title/favicon?For example in the images below.

     

    Without mask:

    With mask:

     

    It would be great to be able to have a tidy looking URL while retaining unique titles & favicons for the page.

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    Collin Peterson

    My main site is hosted by wix (gridworks.us).  I want to add a sub domain (audits.gridworks.us) that points to a server at an entirely different IP address. The instructions in this section seem to suggest this isn't possible.  My name servers must point to wix for my hosted site to work.  But these instructions say I have to change the name servers to the default hover listing.  Is there a way to add the subdomain without messing up my wix site?

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