Is there a trick to redirect a .com site to another URL?

Jessica C.W. May 1, 2010
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So for example, Dropbox’s homepage used to be “getdropbox.com” but it is now just “dropbox.com”. If you type the first URL in your browser, you get automatically redirected to the second one, so I’ve always wondered if you have to buy both domain names, if there’s a trick to redirect a site to another or whether the browser just redirects an address to the closest URL, sort of like Google’s “I’m Feeling Lucky”, which I think isn’t very likely.

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  1. pceasies
    July 23, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    You really want to do a proper redirection using .htaccess. You use a 301 redirect for a permanent move (if you want to always forward it). You use a 302 if you are performing maintenance on the other domain and only want to redirect for a short period.

    This should help:
    http://www.htaccesseditor.com/en.shtml#a_redirect

    Search engines like 301 redirects better and it will only include results of the forwarded domain instead of both.

  2. Aibek
    May 3, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Jessica,

    As far as I am aware you have to own both domains. Then you simply go to the control panel for your domain (provided by your domain registrar) and look for forwarding options. On GoDadday it's very clear how to do this.

    For instance, http://www.makeuseof.co.uk redirects to http://www.makeuseof.com

    • Jack Cola
      May 3, 2010 at 1:33 pm

      I didn't know makeuseof.co.uk existed.

      Why do you have to own both domains?
      You can redirect makeuseof.co.uk to any site you want. Can do it very easily in Cpanel using .htaccess and with the methods I mentioned in my link above.

      But you can't forward google.com to makeuseof.com because you don't own google- would be good if you could though - imagine the traffic you'll get :)

    • Jessica Cam W.
      May 20, 2011 at 2:35 am

      Great, that makes sense. Thank you, Aibek!

  3. Guillermo Garron
    May 2, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Here you will find the complete picture about redirection.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/URL_redirection

    If you are planning to redirect your domian to another one, be sure to use, permanent redirection, that way you will not loose Google Page Rank, and all the links pointing to your original domain, will count for the new one in Google Rank.
    If the redirection is temporal, also use temporary redirection, that way links are not going to be changed, and you can go back to your old domian again.
    Yes, you have to own, or at least have control on both domains to do that, well actually you only need control on the redirected one, here is the example.
    Let's say I own makeuseof.com, and I just decide to forward it to google.com, I can but I do not know if I should do it, at least not withouth a permission from the owner of the google.com domain :).

  4. Jack Cola
    May 2, 2010 at 1:20 am

    As Johnathan said, some automatically do it.
    But to do it properly, you have to own both domain names and use a script like this in the HTML file:

    Or methods in this webpage http://www.webconfs.com/how-to-redirect-a-webpage.php

    • Jessica Cam W.
      May 2, 2010 at 1:41 am

      Wow, cool!

  5. Johnathan TheTool Lane
    May 1, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    There are browsers that do that occasionally, but chances are both domains have been bought, masked, and forwarded. However, there is a trick to have one webpage take you to another, but this is most probably not the case.

    • Jessica Cam W.
      May 2, 2010 at 1:32 am

      Thank you!

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