Redirect A Domain

There are many reason why you may need to forward one URL address to another URL address.

For example:

  • Moving to a new domain name - from to
  • Making a naked domain name to a domain with a host name (Eg www, blog etc) - from to
  • Turning a difficult social media URL into an easy to remember URL - from to
  • Promoted URL to a particular landing page - from to

There are a couple of methods that you can use depending on how your domain is hosted with the AHBC

  • Premium Domain DNS
  • Web / Email Hosting Services

Note: All DNS updates will take up to 2 hours to resolve across the global networks. After you have performed this action, please wait for the update to take full effect

Premium Domain DNS

Web Forwarding offers a fast and easy tool to point an inbound URL address to be forwarded to another URL address. However, you will need Premium DNS service attached to your domain.

Access your "Account Manager" at and follow these steps:

    1. Click Sign Up / Log In at the top of this page.
    2. Select Account Manager from the drop-down menu.
    3. Enter your username and password, then click Log In.
    4. Click on the Visit My Account button.
    5. Click Domains on the menu bar at the top of the page.
    6. Select the Domain Name that you wish to manage.
    7. Scroll down to the DNS Settings section.
    8. If you do not have Premium DNS yet, click the Upgrade button and follow the prompts.
      1. You will also need to change the Name Servers to and
      2. Remove any other name servers if you have installed the Premium DNS Service.
    9. Otherwise, click the Hamburger Menu on the right, then select Web Forward from the drop-down menu.
    10. From the Add Record drop-down menu, enter the inbound domain host addreess. Eg.
    11. Enter the forwarded Sub Domain (if necessary) or alternative Domain that you wish to forward to. Eg https;//
    12. Click the Update button.

What is cloaking / masking

When redirecting a website URL it may elect it to retain the original requested name within the browser. This is called cloaking or masking.

While cloaking provides and impression that the user has not moved to anther domain which may serve a valid purpose such as a Payment gateway, it can greatly impact the website's SEO indexing and should be avoided.

Web / Email Hosting Services

If you are using a website that required domain hosting such as WordPress, it is likely that you are using one of our webs hosting services.

301 v's 302 Redirect

A 301 Redirect is also known as a Permanent Redirect. If you have permanently moved your website to a new address, and you would like to route your visitors to your new address, which is your new domain name, then you can create a 301 Redirect. This permanent redirection also tells search engines, e.g. Google, that you are moving from point A to point B for good. In return, search engines will allow direct ranking and value signals for the new URL, understanding that this is now the permanent home of your website content.

A 302 Redirect is also known as a Temporary Redirect. If you are doing a major maintenance or applying upgrades for your website, and you would like to temporarily route your website visitors to a different site, then you can create a 302 Redirect. In this way, you can avoid having visitors view an error page while your main website is currently down. Search engines will know that you have only done a temporary redirection and that the value of that page should be kept intact and should not be transferred or indexed along with the other URL.

How to Create a 301/302 Redirect in the cPanel

If your website is currently hosted with the AHBC regular Web Hosting service, then you can create a 301/302 Redirect through the cPanel hosting manager using the steps below:

    1. Click Sign Up / Log In at the top of this page.
    2. Select Hosting Manager from the drop-down menu.
    3. Enter your username and password, then click Log In.
    4. On the Home page, click the Domains icon or the [ v ] arrow symbol on the right side, then click the Redirects icon.
    5. Under Type, choose between Permanent ( 301 ) or Temporary ( 302 ) from the drop-down menu.
    6. A 301 Redirect is a permanent redirect. Major search engines recommend this option as it protects your brand, especially if you register domain names that are similar to yours. You can redirect them to your site to prevent cybersquatting.
    7. A 302 Redirect is a temporary redirect. This is used when you want to temporarily redirect your page to another one. This option is ideal if you want to show your users and search engines that a page will be returning.
    8. Select the Domain or URL you wish to redirect from the second drop-down menu.
    9. Add Path if necessary.
    10. Add the new URL you would like your old one to be redirected to.
    11. Click the Add button.

Congratulations! You have just created a redirect to a website.