How do I set up URL forwarding for a domain?

You can set up URL forwarding to point your domain (e.g. http://yourdomain.com) or sub-domain (e.g. http://subdomain.yourdomain.com) to any destination page of your choice (e.g. http://namecheap.com). Normally, when you set up URL forwarding for a domain, it will take effect within minutes.

Please note that you can only set up URL forwarding for a domain using Namecheap default nameservers.

To set up URL forwarding, please follow the steps below:

  • Sign in to your Namecheap account.
  • Select Manage Domains on My Account menu - it can be reached by clicking on your username on the black bar located at the top of the page
  • Click on the domain your wish to change URL settings and choose All Hosts Records option and enter the details (missing All Host Records option?)

Forwarding a domain/subdomain to a website:

To forward  a domain without "www" (e.g. http://yourdomain.com) to a destination page, enter your destination URL in @ field and choose redirection type as shown in the figure below.
To forward  http://www.yourdomain.com (notice www) to a destination page, enter your destination URL in www field and choose redirection type as shown in the figure below.
To forward a sub-domain (e.g. http://subdomain.yourdomain.com) to a destination, you need to enter the sub-domain name,destination URL and select redirection type as shown in the figure below.

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Forwarding a domain/subdomain to specific pages on a website and passing values via query strings:

You can also use URL forwarding to redirect users to specific pages on the destination URL and pass values via query strings to the destination. It is important to note that the value in the ‘destination url' affects where and how the url is redirected.

Hostname

IP address/URL

Redirect type
www1 http://destination.com URL Redirect
www2 http://destination.com/ URL Redirect
www3 http://destination.com?1=2 URL Redirect
www4 http://destination.com/page?c=d URL Redirect

In the above case, www1.yourdomain.com will not pass values to the destination URL so, www1.yourdomain.com/xyz.html will redirect users to http://destination.com only. On the otherhand, www2.yourdomain.com/xyz.html will redirect users to http://destination.com/xyz.html (pay attention to the / in the configuration).

In the third case, www3 combines query string values if any and passes it to the destination URL. For example: www3.yourdomain.com/something?a=b will redirect users to http://destination.com/something?a=b&1=2

In the fourth case, www4.yourdomain.com/example?a=b will redirect users to http://destination.com/example/page?a=b&c=d

URL forwarding using both URL Redirect and URL Frame options will work similar according to the explanations provided above, with the only difference that URL Frame will hide the destination address showing the original one that was entered in the browser address bar.

You can also check the following video tutorial:


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