Fundamental Concepts

What is domain forwarding (/redirecting)?

Domain forwarding is the process of making one domain name redirect all domain visitors to another domain. This is not to be confused with other redirections implemented through HTML or script, which usually redirects one specific web page to another page on that domain or to a different website. When a user attempts to visit a domain utilizing domain forwarding, the user is sent to the URL that the domain forwarding is set to, and the original domain name entered by the user does not stay in the address bar. Instead, that selected URL that the domain is forwarding users to is displayed.

What are types of domain forwarding (/redirecting)?

There are three common types of domain forwarding: standard domain forwarding, stealth forwarding, and email forwarding.

  • Standard domain forwarding: Process of sending a user that arrives at a domain to a selected new domain, forwarding a use. That selected domain appears in the user's address bar. Domain forwarding has no effect on email forwarding.
  • Stealth forwarding: The same process as regular domain forwarding applies to stealth forwarding, with the user being forwarded to a new, specified domain. The difference is that the original domain URL will remain in the user's address bar, despite the user being on a new domain.
  • Email forwarding: The process of allowing received emails on your domain's email address to be sent to an additional, specified email address.

      What is forward status code? What is the difference between a 301 and a 302 redirect code?

      The forward status code is the response code sent to a web browser visiting your site if your domain is set to domain forwarding. The code tells the web browser that the domain should be forwarded to another location.

      Which redirect code should i use? Either code, 301 or 302, can be used to forward your web page. A typical visitor to your website will not notice a difference. The different codes are mainly used for search engine optimization (SEO). The 301 redirect code would tell a search engine that it should use the "forward to" page in its search results. For example, should be 301 redirected to, since we want to show up in the search engine results, not The 302 redirect code would tell the search engine to check back later to see which website should be used in its results. This would be useful if you are temporarily forwarding to another site while you are creating your actual site.

      What is domain leasing (/renting)?

      Domain leasing, also known as domain rental, is a business arrangement where the owner of a domain name allows another party to use that domain name for a specified period in exchange for regular payments, much like renting physical property.

      What is SEO?

      SEO stands for search engine optimization. Following SEO best practices will help Google and other search engines find and rank your website better. There are a lot of great resources online to help you learn SEO best practices and we recommend doing some research, especially since SEO, along with the search engines, is always changing.

      What is spam?

      "Spam" is email that is both unsolicited and in bulk. Unsolicited means that the recipient has not granted permission for the message to be sent. Bulk means that the same message has been sent to many people, usually all at once. An email that is unsolicited but not sent in bulk is fine, such as asking about a product before buying it. An email that is sent in bulk but not unsolicited is fine, such as sending a newsletter. But sending an email that is both unsolicited and in bulk is spamming.

      What is spoofing?

      Spoofing is when someone places an email address (which may be fake) they do not have access to in the "From" field to cover up their actual email address. This is often done to trick the recipient into thinking the email is from a friend, family member, or legitimate business. This commonly occurs in spam messages and is something to be aware of, especially if the email does not look like something that the person or business in the "From" field would send.

      What does it mean when a website is cached and How do i clear my cache?

      Caching is the temporary storage of web documents such as HTML pages and images. Basically, your web browser stores copies of web pages you've visited recently to reduce its bandwidth usage, server load, and lag. This could be why your website is offline, why it seems like your name servers still aren't set, or why you can't see the changes you've made to your website. If you suspect this is the case, you can first try clicking "refresh" on your browser a few times. If this still does not work, you can clear your browser's cache to see if that is the problem. Each browser is different, but here are some links to the most popular browsers cache clearing instructions:

      If any of these links don't provide the information you need to clear your cache, there are many other resources online that can help