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How and Why to Re-Direct (Point) Your Domain Name to Another Website URL
What happens when you redirect a website? It's really simple. When someone types one website address (URL) into a browser - say, http://www.PetlaneProducts.com - they GO to the actual link, which in this case is http://www.mypetlane.com/petbiz.aspx).
In other words, forwarding (redirecting) a domain name enables you to direct incoming traffic from a parked domain to an already existing Web site. When someone attempts to access your domain, their Web browser automatically redirects them to your main Web site.
When should you consider re-directing a domain name? (Also called forwarding a domain, or employing a domain name pointer.)
So... you need a buy a domain name (that's your ONLY cost, you do NOT need to pay for website hosting if all you're doing is a domain redirect) and then set up the actual redirect.
See "Choosing a Domain Name", then come back to this page...
Most companies who sell domain names (domain name registrars) also sell website hosting, and in my experience, if there's the slightest chance that you're going to actually develop the domain name you're buying (in other words, stop pointing it to another site and build a stand-alone website there), it's much easier to stick with one company for both.
My favorite is Dayana Host; domain name prices are VERY low and hosting prices are RIDICULOUSLY low, so you might as well start out where you mean to end up! I've been very pleased with their service over the years.
So... you bought a domain name that you want to re-direct. How do you do it?
The domain name registrar will probably have instructions or a tutorial on their site (Dayana Host has a great video tutorial), but in general, after you've bought your new domain, the process will be something like this: