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How To Redirect Your Godaddy Domain To Another Link

How To Redirect Your Godaddy Domain To Another Link

$1.99 .Com at GoDaddy.com!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.

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.

Godaddy redirect

You’ll now come to a page with some more options. You’ll want to click on the Launch button for Domains.

Godaddy

A new window or tab will pop that shows you a list of all your domains. Find your domain and click on it.

Godaddy

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.

Godaddy

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.

Godaddy

* 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…

Godaddy redirect

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!

Comments (22)

  1. Kris
    Apr 6, 2014

    Thank you for the tips!

    I also read about wordpress charging for a “mapping” fuction. What is the difference between “mapping” to a domain and “forwarding” to a link?

    🙂

    • Apr 14, 2014

      Mapping is kind of like masking. Some people want to hide the identity in their URL so mapping would be the way to go. But this can be confusing to users if they click on any page on your site and not see a different page name for each of them.

      Forwarding is a simple redirect of a domain. It doesn’t hide or mask anything — you’re just telling a domain to go to another domain.

  2. Apr 9, 2014

    it’s not getting happen, can you make a video tutorial!

  3. Sumiti Monga
    Aug 15, 2014

    hi its redirect but it show home under construction is there something wrong please reply me

  4. Thanks for the detailed steps!

  5. Aug 24, 2015

    Very clear explanation with screen shots. The sub domain link was also very useful. Thanks

  6. Sep 21, 2015

    I have pointed my domain to IP of another domain which is hosted on godaddy but it is showing “Something cool is coming soon” and if i am accessing directly tat domain it works perfect.

  7. Oct 22, 2015

    Worked perfectly! Thanks!

  8. Oct 25, 2015

    Worked like a charm!! Best thing is i don’t have to buy external hosting just for redirection. All set with just domain.

  9. Mutasem
    Nov 3, 2015

    Thanks a lot. Does that will affect sub pages; for example if I forwarded mydomain.com to mynewdomain,com, does this will affect mydomain.com/contactus page?
    thanks in advance…

    • Dec 18, 2015

      That’s a great question, Mutasem! Actually, It does and it doesn’t. It depends on how you set up the redirect. I have one domain name that I have automatically redirected to another domain. In Godaddy, I also set up redirects for subpages like so: mydomain.com/subpage to go to a different website! You can do this through Godaddy.

      If you set up a redirect for your main domain (like mydomain.com) then ALL pages will be redirected to the domain you redirect it to, unless you specify a sub page to go to another page. Makes sense?

  10. Nov 12, 2015

    Dear Sinoun,

    Great for your sharing, by the way when I did as what you have written, where my domainin godaddy.com is(sokhawin.com) is redirected to the one we have mentioned in forwarding as http://vsn.eu5.org but when we click on any link inside the linked domain, the URL remain unchanged. It’s displayed as sokhawin.com always, normally it should be display in the format sokhawin.com/?cat=13 something like that.

    I am new to these kind of configuration. Your help is very much appreciated.

    Regards,

    Veasna

  11. Leslie
    Nov 13, 2015

    Is there a way to forward to a wordpress blog and have the forwarding domain show as the url in browser for every page for ex:

    If mysite.com is wordpress site, up and running with mysite.com as both url options in WP admin settings.

    now forward mynewdomain.com to mysite.com

    After people arrive via mynewdomain.com and click a page they will see the original url (mysite.com) in browser rather than the new forwarded url (mynewdomain.com). Is there a way to have mynewdomain.com show for each page without masking?

    I tried changing around settings but then site basically crashes or gets in a loop. I also went into database to try to update everything to mynewdomain.com but ran into complications, string length. Do I have to rebuild a site with mynewdomain.com as the hosting domain?

    • Dec 18, 2015

      If I understand correctly what you’re trying to do, you will need to migrate your the site you want to the new domain. If you don’t want to mask and show an actual site on a domain without ties to your old domain, you have to actually build a site under that domain you want to use. You can migrate your old site to the new domain.

  12. Amit
    Dec 24, 2015

    will it affect SEO ? or my new website will have same ranking as previous one?

  13. Paul
    Jan 11, 2016

    The fast way to redirect any website is really the html way: https://evofrog.com/blog/2016/01/11/how-to-redirect-a-webpage-website-to-another-url/

  14. Gaurav
    May 6, 2016

    hey, i just did the same thing as you suggested but its still redirecting to some domain error page instead of my new site url http://www.ctet-2016.com
    How much time it will take ??
    Normally,godaddy updates nameservers within 10 minutes but in this case it has been more than 5 hours.
    Do i need to add old domain to hosting or directly redirecting to godaddy will work ??

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  16. Deron
    Sep 10, 2016

    Hi Sinoun,

    Just wanted to say thanks for your clear and succinct instructions on how to forward my domain name (https://brainyapps.com).

    Your article was actually much easier to follow than GoDaddy’s own tutorial.

    Thanks!

  17. Regina
    Apr 5, 2017

    Hi, Sinoun,

    is it possible to forward or redirect to a specific page on the intended domain? I have a domain name for a specific event or product but do not want to create an entirely different website for that one item. Can I forward the event domain to a specific page on my exisiting website that is dedicated to describing that event? Instead of the domain landing on the home page by default.

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