What is URL redirect?
URL redirect (URL forwarding) allows you to forward your domain visitors to any URL of your choice (to a new domain or a different website).
You can set 301 (Permanent), 302 (Unmasked), and Masked (URL Frame) redirects
for the domain names that use our BasicDNS
If everything is configured properly, it takes about 30 minutes to start working.
NOTE: URL forwarding described in this article cannot be configured for Google Registry TLDs (.app, .boo, .day, .dev, .how, .new, .page, .rsvp, .soy). Such domains must have an SSL certificate installed along with the HTTPS setup for them to load in browsers, which cannot be done on our URL Redirect servers.
NOTE: Redirect with a secure connection (HTTPS) is possible only to a different destination domain
(e.g. http://www.domain.tld to https://www.anotherdomain.tld). If you need this type of redirect (HTTP >> HTTPS) or vice versa (HTTPS >> HTTP) within one domain name
, it should be done via the
Namecheap SSL plugin
in cPanel on the condition an
SSL certificate is installed
Please note that https://domain1.com to https://domain2.com will not work as well without having SSL certificates installed on both domains.
: TLD (Top Level Domain)
stands for your domain extension (.COM, .NET, etc.)
There are two ways to proceed with configuring URL redirect:
How To Redirect a URL in the Domain Tab
1. After you click on the Manage button, locate the Redirect Domain section and click on Add Redirect:
NOTE: Click Add Wildcard redirect to create a wildcard record to match requests for non-existent subdomains.
2. Type your domain in the Source URL field (e.g. yourdomain.tld / domain.com / newdomain.info) and the link to which you need to forward your domain in the Destination URL field. If you want both yourdomain.tld and www.yourdomain.tld to be redirected, add the record for www accordingly.
Save the changes using green checkmarks on the right or the Save All Changes button:
3. Go to the Advanced DNS
tab to check whether there are any conflicting records
, URL redirect records with different values but set for the same host). Such records must be removed
for the domain to work properly:
NOTE: Your root domain (domain.tld) is marked with the @ symbol in the Host field here.
That's it! The redirect should be working within 30 minutes.
How To Redirect a URL in the Advanced DNS Tab
1. After you click on the Manage
button, go to Advanced DNS
tab >> the Host records
section. Click on the Add New Record
button (not able to edit Host Records?
2. Select URL Redirect Record
from the drop-down menu for Type
, put the host to be forwarded to the Host
line (@ for your root domain, i.e., domain.com, www for www.domain.com, * for a wildcard record
), and enter the destination URL
into the Value
If needed, change the Redirect Type from Unmasked to Masked or Permanent (301) using the drop-down menu:
3. Save the changes:
More details on hosts you can use
can be found in the "How do I create a subdomain for my domain?
4. Make sure there are no conflicting records ( A
, URL Redirect records with different values but set for the same host) for your domain. If there are any, remove them
As a rule, it takes up to 30 minutes
for changes to be accepted globally.NOTE
: There is an additional A record
in the domain zone file once URL redirect is set for your domain. This A record is not visible in the Advanced DNS section. It simply points your domain name to our internal forwarding server
and will be removed once the URL redirect record is deleted.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Support Team