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Using a domain just for forwarding purposes

OK, my question isn't directly related to CityDesk, but I thought I'd ask here anyway.

I'm working on an alumni website that will be hosted on the school's web server.  The URL is long and unwieldy.  I'd like to register a more "user-friendly" domain and have visitors automatically re-directed to the main site.  I don't need e-mail accounts, or FTP access, or anything like that -- just a re-direct.

Anybody know a good, inexpensive company that can do this for me?  (I'm reluctant to ask the hosting company that I've worked with over the past few years on other projects, as I am becoming increasingly unhappy with their quality of service, and I'm trying to sever ties with them.)

Alex Chernavsky
Friday, December 27, 2002

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.

Even in PERL PHP I would think there is a redirect option.


John Cesta
Friday, December 27, 2002

"Otherwise you may have to ask your host..."

Yes, but I don't have a host -- not one I want to use, anyway.  I was asking for recommendations.

Alex Chernavsky
Friday, December 27, 2002

I'd just set up a directory and with and index page in the main site so someone could type: or just

and put the redirect there.

Friday, December 27, 2002

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.

The alumni site will be announced in a newsletter, and people are never going to be able to type a long URL without making a dozen mistakes in it.  That's why I want a simple, easy-to-remember URL with a re-direct.

Alex Chernavsky
Friday, December 27, 2002

E-mail me off line I will recommend a host.


John Cesta
Friday, December 27, 2002

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.
Like this:
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
<title>Your title</title>
<meta http-equiv="expires" content="0">
<meta http-equiv="Pragma" content="no-cache">
<meta http-equiv="Cache-Control" content="no-cache">
<meta http-equiv=refresh content="0;url= folder/Another folder etc etc/The FinalDestinationPage.html">
<body>The page has moved.<A href="PTMFOG0000000115">Click here if you are not transferred automatically to the new site.</A>

The transfer to the new sit happens instantly.

Jorgen Brenting
Friday, December 27, 2002

Sorry, the A href="PTMFOG0000000115"> skould of course be the URL of your new site.

Jorgen Brenting
Friday, December 27, 2002

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."

Yes, that's what I had in mind.  I think I didn't explain myself well at the start of this thread.  I was looking for an answer similar to this:  "Try the XYZ Web Hosting Company of Seattle, Washington.  I have found them to be inexpensive and reliable.  They'll register the domain and include a re-direct for $30 per year."

Alex Chernavsky
Friday, December 27, 2002

Try (US) and/ or (they're the ones I use, other might offer a similar service)

For a smallish fee (US$30/yr in ENOM, EUR 30/yr in ARSYS), they'll set you up with a domain redirect service.

In the case of ENOM, you get 15 domains to redirect to any URL/IP you like (either with a frame redirect, or a frameless one, or just a simple DNS -to- IP translation), so you can, for example, have point to some page, go somewhere else, and point to a third machine's IP ;) Also, you get 100 forwarding emails of the type; al mail to that account will be sent to the account you want to. And a bundle of other services on top of that.

In the case of arsys, you get 1 redirect, unlimited DNS subomains, and 10 mailboxes.

I've worked with both, and I have domains hosted in both, and am very happy with the service.



Friday, December 27, 2002

I am using Speednames ( ) 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.

Michael Vesely
Saturday, December 28, 2002

You don't need a hosting company for this - just a registrar that will do free redirection, which most do. I use Namecheap ( and Gandi (

Or you could get a free hostname of the form from dyndns - see for details.

Michael Wild
Monday, December 30, 2002

I have had a positive experience with directnic,, 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.

Monday, December 30, 2002

I use To see one of their redirects in action, type into your browser's address bar, and it should take you to

Darren Collins
Monday, December 30, 2002

Thanks to everyone for the helpful answers.

Alex Chernavsky
Monday, December 30, 2002

Try Go Daddy Software at . I've used them for sometime time now and am very pleased.

Robert Thornton
Thursday, January 9, 2003

Indeed Robert, 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.

Paul Iliano
Sunday, January 26, 2003

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