I was recently asked this by a friend so I decided to create a little blog post to show others how to do it as well. Godaddy is pretty good at making things a bit difficult for beginners. Don’t let their site confuse you, their domain services are actually really awesome. (Notice how I only said domain services — don’t ever get hosting with them.)
When would I need to redirect/forward my domain?
Domain forwarding is useful when you want people to be redirected to another site. For example, let’s say you have a WordPress.com account. Your blog link would be something like yourusername.wordpress.com. It’s not a very pretty link. Luckily, you can buy a domain name without hosting and do pretty much whatever you want with it. In this case, let’s say you bought the domain address yourdomain.com. You can have it where if anyone goes to yourdomain.com, people will be redirected and see your WordPress.com blog. There are a ton of other great examples, but I think you get the point.Free Website Analysis from ShiftWeb
Here are the instructions for forwarding your Godaddy domain to your WordPress.com site:
After logging into Godaddy, you should hover over your name on the top right of the page. A drop down will appear. Click on Visit My Account.
You’ll now come to a page with some more options. You’ll want to click on the Launch button for Domains.
A new window or tab will pop that shows you a list of all your domains. Find your domain and click on it.
You will now be taken to a page where you can configure the settings for a specific domain. You want to find the Forwarding section and click on Manage.
Now a pop up will appear. This is where you’ll add the link that you want to redirect your domain to. Click Add one now.
* Paste or type the link in the Forward To field. Since the “http://” section is automatic and already included, make sure you don’t duplicate the protocol text.
* Leave the Redirect Type at the 301 (Permanent) option.
* On your Forward Settings, you have 2 options. The first is Forward only, which in most cases this is what I recommend. Forward with Masking is good for some sites if you don’t care about SEO or if it’s a one page site. If you are unsure about this, leave it at the default setting for Forward only.
* Leave the box checked for “Update my nameservers…”
Then click the Add button. And now click the Save button.
That’s it! You will now be taken back to the domain’s setting page. Give it about 10 minutes and the redirect/forward should be active. You can always double check by visiting the domain name in your browser and see the redirect in action!
If the redirect isn’t working right away, give it a little time. Godaddy is pretty quick and I usually see updates in just a few minutes, but in rare cases it could take longer.
If you still have problems, don’t hesitate to contact me for advice. Good luck!