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Redirecting a Domain or Subdomains

Redirecting versus Mapping

If you have created a website on some other platform outside of the server space that you own as part of your Domain account–say, a Weebly.com site–you can redirect your domain, or a subdomain or subfolder, onto that other site.

The difference between domain mapping and redirecting a domain is that in the former you edit the DNS settings on your domain so that the address by which users access your site is fundamentally changed whereas in the latter, when a user visits your domain or subdomain they are simply bounced to a different address. Some third-party services, such as Tumblr and Blogger, allow you to map your domain to sites you create there for free and without difficulty, and in those cases it's probably preferable for you to use mapping rather than a redirect. However, other third-party services (including Weebly) require that you pay for premium packages in order to allow you to map a domain, and in those instances you might choose to save your money and simply redirect the domain instead.

How to redirect your domain

First, you'll need a site to redirect your domain to. If your instructor has asked you to work with Weebly, then you can find some instructions for getting started here. Create an account and build a site, then publish it to a free Weebly subdomain, like this one:

Copy the URL for that site.

Then go to Emory Domains and log in to your account. Once you are redirected to your cPanel, locate the area of your cPanel labeled Domains and then click on the icon for Redirects (if you have difficulty locating the icon, you can enter “redirects” in the search box at the top of the page).

In the next screen, if you want to redirect anyone who visits your domain to an outside website, go to the dialog box labeled “Add Redirects,” leave All Public Domains entered in the pull-down menu and then in the box labeled “Redirects to —>” enter the address for the site you want to bounce all traffic to and click on the Add button.

You'll get a confirmation button letting you know the changes have been saved. Sometimes the redirect begins to work immediately, sometimes it takes as long as a few hours for those changes to propagate.

You can confirm that the redirect is working by going to your domain and watching to see that you are redirected to the correct site. When you enter your domain name in the address bar in your browser, you'll be bounced to your Weebly subdomain and the address in the browser will change automatically to indicate that you are on a Weebly site.

How to redirect only a subdomain

If you have installed Wordpress or some other application on your domain and you're using it to build personal sites or a site for a class, you probably do not want to redirect your entire domain to some other outside service. However, if you build a site, you might want to create a subdomain and redirect only that subdomain to the outside service.

Just as in the example above, the first step is to create a website that you want to redirect to.

Next, you'll need to create the subdomain that you want to redirect from. So go to Emory Domains and log in to your account. Once you are redirected to your cPanel, follow the instructions to create a subdomain.

Once you get confirmation that your subdomain has been created, go back to the main page of your cPanel and locate the area of your cPanel labeled Domains and then click on the icon for Redirects (if you have difficulty locating the icon, you can enter “redirects” in the search box at the top of the page).

In the Redirects dialog box, locate the pull-down menu that initially says “ All Public Domains .” Because you do not want to redirect all of your domains, only one particular subdomain, click on it and select the specific subdomain to be redirected from the list. Then enter the URL you want that subdomain to redirect to and click on Add.

You'll get a confirmation button letting you know the changes have been saved. Sometimes the redirect begins to work immediately, sometimes it takes as long as a few hours for those changes to propagate.

You can confirm that the redirect is working by going to your subdomain and watching to see that you are redirected to the correct site. When you enter your subdomain name in the address bar in your browser, you'll be bounced to your Weebly subdomain and the address in the browser will change automatically to indicate that you are on a Weebly site.

domain_management/redirecting_domains.txt · Last modified: 2015/06/04 19:25 (external edit)