What is Web forwarding?


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What is Web forwarding?

This article will explain what Web forwarding is and how it can be used.

Web forwarding is a way for your domain name to be pointed to another web address or page.

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Is a permanent type of Web forwarding which tells search engines that your domain name will be permanently pointing at the new location. It ensures the final destination page is indexed correctly by search engines like Google.

You should use permanent Web forwarding unless you plan to point your domain elsewhere in the near future. (Despite the name, you can always change your permanent web forwarding settings if you need to.)

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Is a temporary type of Web forwarding that tells search engines your domain name forwarding may change again soon. It does this so that search engines can continue checking the domain name – which means the final destination page may not get indexed properly by search engines like Google.

You should only use temporary Web forwarding when you know you’ll be changing the forwarding settings again soon. If you’re not sure which type of forwarding to use, permanent Web forwarding is the safer option.


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How do I add 301 (Permanent) Web forwarding

This article will explain how you can add a 301 (Permanent) Web forwarding to your domain name.

Please Note: You will need to allow up to 24 hours for the DNS changes to take effect.


Firstly, you need to ensure your domain is pointed to our nameservers:

  • ns.123-reg.co.uk
  • ns2.123-reg.co.uk

If the domain is not pointed to the 123-reg nameservers, you will be unable to manage them from the 123-reg control panel.

For more information on changing your nameservers please view the following article:
How do I change the nameservers for my domain name?

Secondly, you will need to point your domain name to the Web forwarding IP address. To see how, please view the following article:
How do i set up DNS for Web forwarding?

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Log in to your 123-reg control panel

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Scroll down to the Domain names section and click on the Web forwarding icon.

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Click on the Add button next to the relevant domain name.

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On the Permanent forwarding tab, enter a domain name to forward to.

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Click on the Confirm button.

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How do I add 302 (Temporary) Web forwarding

This FAQ will explain how you can add a 302 (Temporary) Web forwarding to your domain name.

You should use 302 (Temporary) web forwarding when you wish to add a forward that you will remove in the future. For example, if you run a website for a restaurant, you could use a 302 to forward your menu page to a special menu during the Chirstmas period, and then remove it when you are ready to revert to your regular menu.

Firstly, you need to ensure your domain is pointed to our nameservers:

  • ns.123-reg.co.uk
  • ns2.123-reg.co.uk

If the domain is not pointed to the 123 Reg nameservers, you will be unable to manage them from the 123 Reg control panel.

For more information on changing your nameservers please view the following article:
How do I change the nameservers for my domain name?

Secondly, you will need to point your domain name to the Web forwarding IP address. To see how, please view the following article:
How do i set up DNS for Web forwarding?

1

Log in to your 123-reg control panel

2

Scroll down to the Domain names section and click on the Web forwarding icon.

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Click on the Add button next to the relevant domain name.

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Click on the Temporary forwarding tab.

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Select the type of forwarding from the following:

  • Framed web forwarding
  • Non-framed web forwarding
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Enter a domain name that you would like to forward to. You will also be asked to add some addition information to help search engines index your temporary page effectively.

Click on the Confirm button.


With temporary Web forwarding you can choose to forward with Framed or Non-Framed Web forwarding.

Framed Web forwarding

Forward your domain to a URL, single directory or file (e.g. http://domain.com or http://domain.com/directory/ or http://domain.com/index.htm). The URL in the browser address bar will be replaced by yourdomainname.co.uk

Non-Framed Web forwarding

This can be used to forward to a new URL, single directory or file (e.g. http://domain.com or http://domain.com/directory/ or http://domain.com/index.htm) but will show the full URL in the browser address bar.


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How do I remove Web forwarding?

This FAQ will help you to change a redirect that you have set up from your domain name.

Changing your redirect will allow you to change the destination of your forwarder, meaning that you can change the website that your domain name directs to.

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Log in to your 123-reg control panel

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Scroll down to the Domain names section and click on the Web forwarding icon.

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Tick the check boxes next to the relevant domain names you would like to remove.

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Scroll down and click on the Remove Forwarding button.

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