URL forwarding? domain name forwarding??

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jules
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URL forwarding? domain name forwarding??

Post by jules » Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:46 pm

hello! i'm not entirely sure what the correct term is but here is what i wanna do....

I have registered "www.domainname.net.au" with jumba, but I am using exetels free web hosting that comes with ADSL to host my website ("home.exetel.com.au/"name")
is there any way to get it so my jumba domain points to my site being hosted by exetel.
is this an additional service i have to buy?
ideally i would like to maintain the "www.domainname.net.au" in the browser bit, even tho its getting the data from the exetel hosting...

wow...hope that makes some kind of sense, i would love some help in this matter! :)
thank you

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Re: URL forwarding? domain name forwarding??

Post by jokiin » Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:06 pm

haven't used their service for a while but if your registrar doesn't support try zoneedit for your DNS, they support URL forwarding or cloaking from memory www.zoneedit.com their service is free

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Re: URL forwarding? domain name forwarding??

Post by CoreyPlover » Wed Dec 14, 2011 9:23 pm

You might want to find out if jumba can do free URL redirection for you. There might be an option in the cPanel setup they have. If so, that would be the simplest way

If not, then a delegated name server, like zoneedit.com or freedns.afraid.org can achieve this. You setup an account with either of these services and then in your Jumba cPanel, you "redirect" the name servers for your domain off to ns1.afraid.org or the zoneedit.com equivalent. These makes freeDNS / ZoneEdit responsible for handling the URL calls and you can then configure URL redirection, subdomains, etc in the freeDNS / ZoneEdit control panels instead of the Jumba one.
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Re: URL forwarding? domain name forwarding??

Post by jate » Thu Aug 16, 2012 4:35 pm

Hi,

I was planning on setting this up also. I am in a similar position except I registered my domain name with namecheap instead which has URL forwarding as part of their service.

but the problem I see when I set up the URL forwarding/redirection is that if I have www.myowndomain.com it will be redirected to http://home.exetel.com.au/user/WEBSITE_ ... index.html which is cool for the first page, but Name cheap provides the option to 'mask' it in the address bar, which then always says www.myowndomain.com at the top no matter which page I am browsing to which doesn't allow other people to bookmark. So for example both the following will be bookmarked as:
http://home.exetel.com.au/user/WEBSITE_ ... index.html --> www.myowndomain.com
http://home.exetel.com.au/user/WEBSITE_ ... ct_us.html --> www.myowndomain.com

I am looking to have it as www.myowndomain.com/index.html or www.myowndomain.com/contact_us.html.

Do I have to change my settings somehow so it works like other normal websites?
Is this possible to do?

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Re: URL forwarding? domain name forwarding??

Post by CoreyPlover » Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:00 pm

namecheap...dunno.

But I use freedns.afraid.org, which is free, and it can (sort of) do what you seek. I understand that it has some sort of custom DNS magic going on in the background to achieve it though. For instance, I grabbed a random Exetel home page (http://home.exetel.com.au/idoleyes/) and set up a "test" subdomain on my plover.com.au domain that URL forwards (and cloaks) to this Exetel home page.

If you try http://test.plover.com.au you go to the Exetel user's home page and if you try http://test.plover.com.au/page%202.htm it displays the content of http://home.exetel.com.au/idoleyes/page%202.htm while still showing the plover.com.au in the URL space. However, if you click any of the links on the page, it seems to be picking up the home.exetel.com.au addresses even though the entries are relative in the HTML source. and this is possibly a limitation of the cloaking. No reason why you can't hardcode the cloaked URLs in the HTML source I guess.

If you truly wish to get a completely cloaked / transparent URLs you need to use CNAME aliases in your DNS (for instance, have a look at my work's website http://www.cumsar.com.au, which I have set up CNAME aliases for http://www.cumsar.com and http://www.cumsar.net.au). These aliases just say that xyz.domaina.com is equivalent to abc.domainb.com. That is, they perfectly "cloak" the URL, and all relative links work, but they only work on domain name aliases. To get URL aliases you need to configure a subdomain alias and then create a virtual server or redirect entry on the host machine (i.e. you can't do it with DNS entries alone)
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