Using a domain just for forwarding purposes
OK, my question isn't directly related to CityDesk, but I thought I'd ask here anyway.
If you use ASP or ColdFusion you could use one of the redirect tags (i.e., in CF it's cflocate) to redirect the user to the new location. Otherwise you may have to ask your host to create a redirect in the web server they use.
"Otherwise you may have to ask your host..."
I'd just set up a directory and with and index page in the main site so someone could type:
Terry, thanks, but I don't have control over the server. The school gave me a sub-directory way down the directory tree, and I had to practically beg and plead with them for a month before they would even do that.
I guess a Danish 'Point Hotel' would not be attractive to you. It's simply a domain name that points anywhere you want. Something similar must exist at your place. Otherwise you can buy a suitable name and the smallest possible space and set up a very simple redirect in the index page.
Sorry, the A href="PTMFOG0000000115"> skould of course be the URL of your new site.
Jorgen wrote, "Otherwise you can buy a suitable name and the smallest possible space and set up a very simple redirect in the index page."
Try www.enom.com (US) and/ or www.arsys.es (they're the ones I use, other might offer a similar service)
I am using Speednames ( http://www.speednames.com ) for that purpose. They offer web and mail forwarding in various flavours. So far (I am using it now for approx. 1 year) it works flawless.
You don't need a hosting company for this - just a registrar that will do free redirection, which most do. I use Namecheap (www.namecheap.com) and Gandi (www.gandi.net).
I have had a positive experience with directnic, directnic.com, which will redirect for $15/year, both web and email. They were recommended to me by a friend who also had a positive experience with them. I have been using them for about three years now, across something like 15 domains, most dormant. I only had one problem: I once tried to transfer a domain from Network Solutions, and netsol wouldn't let go of the domain, but directnic refused to refund the registration fee, giving me only credit toward another registration.
I use www.gandi.net. To see one of their redirects in action, type www.GraceCollins.com into your browser's address bar, and it should take you to www.pool-room.com.
Thanks to everyone for the helpful answers.
Try Go Daddy Software at http://www.godaddy.com/ . I've used them for sometime time now and am very pleased.
Indeed Robert, godaddy.com is a super registrar. Domain forwarding as a standard feature, they are cheap ($8.95 per year), have excellent customer support and online software to manage every aspect of your domain. No wonder they had most new registrations last year. I moved the domains I had from Verisign to GoDaddy and wish I did it much earlier. Highly recommended.
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