How to use Free URL Forwarding and/or Masking from Cosmotown

UPDATE:  PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO THE COMMENT OF 1/24/14 TO SEE THE NEW NAMESERVER AND URL FORWARDING INFORMATION FOR THE NEW WEBSITE PLATFORM, EFFECTIVE JANUARY 19, 2014                                  

Free URL Forwarding and/or Masking from Cosmotown

AT Cosmotown.com, you can forward your domain to another website/URL.  Forwarding will redirect your domain name to another URL without having to change any DNS settings (ie. A records, CNAME etc).  You can redirect your domain name and have the domain name OR the destination URL (URL Masking) show up in your browser's address bar.

There are severals reasons you may set up URL Forwarding:

1)  You have used a free website builder/editor such as Weebly or Wix to create a website (ie. subdomain.weebly.com).  You can use our forwarding feature to connect your domain name to the new website.  

2)  Your website has moved addresses.  If you have purchased a new domain you can use forwarding to redirect all your traffic from your previous domain to your new one. 

3)  You may have multiple domains point to the same website.  You can use forwarding to redirect visitors to each of those domains to the website. 

NOTE:  You must set your name servers to ours to use the Forwarding feature.  

You have two types of forwarding to choose from: 

URL Framing (Masking) - Visitors will see your domain name (not the forwarding URL) in their address bar.   In scenario 1 above, this would be most appropriate. 

URL Redirection -  Visitors will see the forwarding URL in their address bar.  For scenarios 2 and 3 above, you'll probably want to use this option to brand the new website address.  

 

Please see the below comment of 1/24/14 for detailed instructions on how to forward your domain using the new Cosmotown website.

 

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    Info

    If we use URL Forwarding is this a true 301 redirect?

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    Cosmotown Support

    Dear Info, 

    We responded to you via email a couple weeks ago, but for the benefit of others, I'm posting the answer to the forum.

    Our URL Forwarding is not a 301 redirect, it will be a meta refresh (html) redirect.  We currently do not support 301 redirects.

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    Cosmotown Support

    Dear Cosmotown Customers,

     

    The new website platform still has free URL forwarding and Masking.

    To set up, please log in to your account.

     

    1. First, to use URL forwarding &/ masking, please ensure you are using Cosmotown's nameservers per the below.

    To change your nameservers:

    Log in to your account

    Click Domains tab (on the left hand side)

    Click on the domain(s) you wish to change (You can do a bulk edit, by clicking the check box at the top of your domain(s) next to "Domain"

    Click on the Manage Domains, drop down menu at the top

    Click on Domain NameServers 

    Enter our new Cosmotown nameservers are:

    dns1.cosmotown.com

    dns2.cosmotown.com

    dns3.cosmotown.com

    dns4.cosmotown.com

    Scroll down and click the green Save Button

     

    2. Second, enroll in URL Forwarding:

    Click on Domains tab on the left hand side

    Click on the domains you want to forward

    Click Manage Domains Drop Down Menu at the top of the Screen

    Click URL Forwarding

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    The first box titled Pointing to: Enter the url you wish to forward to

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    The next box:

     -Select Masked URL Forwarding if you want your purchased domain name to show in the url box

    ** PLEASE NOTE THAT WEBSITES LIKE FACEBOOK AND LINKEDIN DO NOT ALLOW MASKED FORWARDING.  YOU MUST CHOOSE THE REDIRECT OPTION TO FORWARD YOUR DOMAINS TO YOUR FACEBOOK OR LINKEDIN ACCOUNT.

     -Select Redirect URL Forwarding if you want the forwarded domain to show in the url box

    Page Title: This can be anything you wish. It will appear on the tab of your internet browser 

    Click the green Submit button

     

    Thanks and regards,

    Cosmotown Support

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    Mike Leitch

    How long does this take to go into affect? I followed the directions, and it is not forwarding.

    It still redirects to cosmotown page....

    Edited by Mike Leitch
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    Cosmotown Support

    Dear Mike,

    Thank you for contacting us.  

    This can take anywhere from 24-72 hours to take affect, if entered properly.  This is because different Internet Service Providers update their caches at different times.

    After making any DNS changes, it's always a good idea to delete your internet browser's cache.  Otherwise, you may access a cached version of the website.

    Please do not hesitate to let us know if you need anything in the future.

    Have a great day.

    Best regards,

    Cosmotown Support

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