How to set up Web forwarding*
If you have your own website, it is likely that your professional domain name is already connected to that site but, if you are just starting out, and have set up a free website, online portfolio or blog, the address you have been given may well be so long and complicated that no one will be able to remember it, let alone type it into a web browser without making a mistake.
It would be much more professional (and simpler for your visitors) if they had a short and simple address to remember. Here you can use your new professional domain name.
Let's say you registered the domain name www.fredbloggs.co.uk and you have just set up a website at one of the free sites such as Yola.com. Your new (free) web address might be http://mygreatnewsiteonline.yolosite.com - not particularly memorable or professional. It would be better if it was www.fredbloggs.co.uk.
HOW TO DO IT
Log into your Heart Internet account and select the “Manage Domain Names” icon.
Click on “Web Forwarding”. You now have two options: “Configure Automatic Redirect” and “Configure Framed Redirect”. Each does the same thing differently.
For a more professional image, select the “Configure Framed Redirect” option.
In the empty box after the ‘http://’ fill in your full website address. In our example, this would be "mygreatnewsiteonline.yolosite.com".
Add your name in the “Title bar text” box so that it appears at the top of each browser window.
You can then add a short “meta tag” description which is used by some search engines and displayed when they show you their search results.
The "keywords” section allows you to add words you think people might search for when looking for you on the Internet. These might be: your name, city, creative discipline, media, etc and will sometimes help search engines catalogue your site.
Click on the “Update Now” button and that’s it. It may take up to 24 hours for everything to become active so, after this time, type your professional web address into any web browser and see if it redirects to your chosen site.
One great advantage of all this is that you can keep swapping your web redirection if you change your website provider or set up a new online portfolio or blog. It means that you don’t have to keep telling people you have a new site, they all know www.fredbloggs.co.uk and that will always redirect to the site you want them to see.
*Although this help page is based on setting up web forwarding with a domain name registered at Heart Internet, the process is very similar with other domain companies, so just adapt the information here or search your chosen company’s help section for advice specific to them.
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