Domain Forwarding

Redirect your domain name to any URL. Domain name forwarding (both standard and framed forwarding) is available free with all domain name registrations and transfers.

Domain forwarding allows you to redirect a domain name to another URL and you can either mask the destination URL (framed forwarding) or have the show the destination url (standard forwarding). Domain name registration includes free domain name forwarding, and administration access to your domain name.

If you are currently with another registrar who does not provide domain name forwarding, all you need to do is transfer your domain name to us and once this process is complete, you will be able to make use of domain forwarding at no charge. Domain transfers are also free, though if you are transferring a global domain name, you will just need to renew your domain name for an additional year.

Email forwarding is not included with domain forwarding but you can order Email Hosting and use it to redirect your email to another email address. 

Domain name forwarding, email hosting and web hosting services also come with the ability to make edits to your zone file.

Examples of domain forwarding

Some common uses for domain forwarding are to

  • redirecting a domain name to an ebay store URL or Oztion store
  • redirecting a domain name to Facebook page, Twitter account or profile or LinkedIn profile
  • redirecting a domain name to free space on your ISP's network
  • redirecting a domain name to a blog (or free dns management could also be used)
  • redirecting additional domains to a URL on your main website - you can choose to redirect it to the homepage or any other page on your website.
  • redirecting additional domain names to a company website or homepage to protect trademarks, common misspellings, product names, etc
  • redirecting different domain name extensions to main website or any page on many website. eg. Domain forwarding a .com.au to a .com website or visa versa.

Domain forwarding is not to be confused with Advanced DNS Management (a service that is also free but with slightly different configuration), which allows you to redirect a domain name to a static ip address. Common uses of DNS services, include

  • redirecting a domain name to a computer located in your office or home. This computer must have a static ip and your ISP must allow you to utilize your static ip in this way. A static ip will allow you to edit the zone file of a domain name to a local computer or server, which may be beneficial especially if you you want your computer to be remotely accessible by a domain name for the purposes of an intranet, database and accounting or if you have the technical skills to host your own website.

Why use domain forwarding?

It is much easier to remember a domain name than to remember a URL.

The second reason for registering a domain name is having some control over your branding. If you are an ebay store owner and you send out flyers with the URL of your ebay store, if for some reason, you decide to no longer sell through ebay, you have no way of redirecting the traffic from your flyers to your new website address. It also means that people associate your business with ebay. If you had a domain name, your customers could recommend their friends to go to your website address to buy your product but if you have an ebay website address, it is unlikely that you will get a lot of "word of mouth" referrals because people will inadvertently type in the wrong URL and once you stop being an ebay seller, your business contact details will no longer appear.

Your domain name is highly transportable and an excellent marketing tool and if you decide later on to have an ecommerce website built, then you can simply cancel domain name forwarding and resolve your domain name to your new website.

The third reason why you would want to use domain name forwarding is to protect your trademarks and names associated with your business. Rather than just register the domain name for a product or service, why not automatically redirect that domain name to the URL on your company website.  The URL would have information about that product and service and this will make it easier to direct people to the right area on your website.

 

Don't Pay for domain forwarding

Most domain names purchased in Australia do not come with free domain forwarding. If you buy a domain name from Passion Computing, domain name forwarding is FREE.and can be activated after you buy a new domain or transfer a registered domain name to us. There are no hidden fees or charges and you are free to choose a hosting plan, or website service that suits you. Please note that domain forwarding, does not come with email forwarding.

Standard or Framed Forwarding

Domain forwarding comes with the choice of standard domain forwarding or frame forwarding. Standard domain forwarding will change the domain name to the destination URL. If you choose "frame forwarding" or otherwise known as URL masking, the destination URL will not be visible, your domain name always remain in the address bar. (However, please note - that MySpace currently has code in place that will prevent you from using Framed forwarding. Domain name redirection will still work, but MySpace has put in place code that breaks the frames)

Note: Domain forwarding will work with both the www and http:// prefixes.

We do not recommend framed forwarding because search engines cannot index websites that use URL masking. It is better to use standard domain forwarding, so your web pages can get indexed by search engines.


Cancelling domain forwarding

There is no charge to cancel domain forwarding and if you decide to discontinue forwarding your domain and want to set up web hosting with your domain name, you will need to cancel domain name forwarding and edit your name server records .

Why Passion Computing?

Are you an astute shopper?  Domain names are provided by an established domain name registrar, who is trusted by major Australian corporations. You get  a comprehensive selection of domain names and domain name services and technical support that won't drive you crazy, all at a competitive price. We are here to help you. Unfortunately many domain name providers lack the ability to provide real customer support.

Register your domain or transfer your domain to receive:

  • A top quality product and service. Our wholesale partner is an accredited domain name registrar, who is trusted by major Australian and international corporations and Passion Computing provide you with a generous discount on domain name registration and we also make the process easy to understand, that even the most novice users can manage their own domain names.
  • FREE access to online management system that allows you to update your domain name records and keep track of all your domain name registrations. Login at any time and keep your details up to date
  • FREE domain name forwarding or advanced DNS services.  Domain name forwarding will allow you to buy domains for your trademarks and products and redirect them to your website for FREE. Forget paying for this service elsewhere.
  • Buy from a full suite of domain names and international domain names at competitive prices, with no hidden extras. Our prices are about half the price of the major Australian domain name sellers depending on the domain name registered..
  • Freedom to buy a website hosting plan that suits you or use advanced DNS services to point your domain name to any server with a static ip.
  • Free Australian domain name transfers and for all other domain names, you simply need to pay for another year of registration to transfer your domain name to us.
  • Personal service - domain name registration systems are far from perfect and we are here to assist you.