How to redirect a domain in cPanel

What is domain redirection?

Sometimes it is necessary for you to re-direct traffic from one domain to another domain. This can be done at the domain level or for specific web pages. Redirecting the actual domain name is like pointing it to another domain name. If you already have a domain name and you were not using other hosting service, redirecting a domain offers the best solution you need. It can be easily done at the domain level or at web page level. For example, Hoasted.com and its website can be redirected to another domain and Hoasted.com/aboutus.html can be redirected to another Hoasted.com/about.

When you want to redirect your domain to another website

How do I redirect my site from cPanel

To redirect a domain, follow the steps given below.

1. Log in to your account.

2. Navigate to Domains > Redirects.

The Redirects page will be displayed.

domain redirection

3. In the Redirect a Domain section, enter the following details.

Field

Description

Example Value

Type

Refers to the type of the redirect.

  • Permanent (301) - It notifies the visitor’s browser to update its records.
  • Temporary (302) - It does not update the visitor’s bookmarks.

Permanent (301)

http ://(www.)?

Select a domain name from the drop down list. If you select “All Public Domains” it will redirect all of the domains that your cPanel account controls.

** All Public Domains **

/

Enter the rest of the URL from where you want to redirect visitors.

Directory/file.html

Redirects to

Refers to the URL to which you wish to redirect users.

Note: You must specify a protocol in this text box. For example, http://, https://, or ftp://.

http://, https://, or ftp://

Only redirect with www.

It only redirects visitors who enter the www. prefix before the domain name part of the URL.

Unchecked

Redirect with or without www.

It redirects all users, regardless of whether or not the visitor enters www. prefix before the domain name part of the URL.

Unchecked

Wild Card Redirect

Select it if you wish to redirect all files within a directory to the same file name in the new directory.

Checked

Note:

  • If you check the Wild Card Redirect box, all files will be redirected within a directory to the same file name in the redirected directory.
  • It is not possible to use a Wild Card Redirect to redirect your main domain to a different directory on your site.

4. Click Add.

The message box confirming you about the redirection will be displayed.

redirect confirmation box

Different types of redirection

Redirecting a domain name to another website involves several ways like inline redirect, forwarding redirect, redirecting a domain name with a DNS adaptation. With an inline redirect you can link up your domain name directly to file or other servers. Using forwarding redirect, users will find an automatic link to another server. Redirecting a domain name allows the user to send all of the visitors of a particular page to a different URL. It is easy to set up and it's free.

A permanent redirect will inform the visitor’s browser to update any bookmarks that are linked up with the web page that is going to be redirected. The temporary redirects will not update the any visitor bookmarks. You can choose to forward your inactive domain to a variety of places and also forward your page to a different page by redirecting domain.

There are many search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing that prefer 301 (permanent) redirects. These redirects can be changed and erased as desired. You must know that the 302 (temporary) redirects actually behave like 301 redirects. But, they are not preferred because visitors and search engines are redirected without updating the bookmark.

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