written by: kimkenny
Domain forwarding, also known as Web Address forwarding, is a mechanism or service that allows you to redirect (or point) your domain name an existing web site or to display a short message on your domain.
Suppose, for example, you (let’s say John) have a domain called www.my_domain.com hosted by a certain web hosting company. And you already have a website on the free web space offered by your ISP, say www.john1234.freeserve.co.uk. In order to look professional, as if you had your own web server hosting www.my_domain.com, you would instruct other internet users to visit your website www.my_domain.com. When the users type in the URL www.my_domain.com, the Web forwarding mechanism set up by your hosting company will display pages from www.john1234.freeserve.co.uk. Eureka! The internet users will believe that they are viewing pages from www.my_domain.com.
With good internet access, the time taken to forward the first page will normally be less than 1 second. After then, there are no additional delays while viewing other pages.
There are three types of web forwarding; frameset or “cloaking” and redirect (permanent 301 or temporary 302)
Frameset forwarding presents the destination web site within an IFRAME in the browser window. For instance, if you needed to frame-forward www.my_domain.com to www.john1234.freeserve.co.uk, visitors to your domain would see my_domain.com in the URL bar of their browser, but would see the contents of www.john1234.freeserve.co.uk in the main browser window (in an IFRAME)
-Permanent 301 redirect
In this type of web forwarding, a user typing www.my_domain.com will be redirected to www.john1234.freeserve.co.uk. Because no frames are being used the user will see the target website’s URL in their browser. Using a 301 redirect also tells the search engine that, “my_domain.com now lives at www.john1234.freeserve.co.uk, please update your indexes”.
-Temporary 302 redirect
In this of web forwarding, if a visitor types my_domain.com will be redirected to www.john1234.freeserve.co.uk just like in a 301 redirect, BUT a different message will be sent to the search engines as, “my_domain.com is temporarily living at www.john1234.freeserve.co.uk, please do not update your indexes just yet”.
written by: kimkenny