Frequently Asked Questions

What is masking and how do I set it up for my domain?

Last Updated: March 28, 2007 2:34 PM

Masking works with domain name forwarding, which redirects all Web traffic for a domain to a specified URL. When someone enters your domain name into a browser, our system automatically forwards or redirects them to the URL. However, with masking, the domain name displayed in the address bar does not change.

Forwarding with Masking prevents visitors from knowing that they have been redirected by retaining your domain name in their Web browser's address bar. You can also add a title and meta tags to your masked domain. Title and meta tag information is important to a Web site’s search engine ranking, but it does not change the look of your Web site.

To Add Masking to Your Domain Name Forwarding in the Domain Control Center

  1. Log in to your Account Manager.
  2. From the Domain Names menu, select Manage Domains. The Domain Control Center opens.
  3. In your list of domain names, select the checkbox next to the domain name(s) you want to forward.
  4. Click Forward.
  5. In the Domain Forwarding section, select Enable.
  6. In the Forward To field, enter the URL you want to forward your domain name(s) to.
  7. In the Redirect Type area, select one of the following:
    301
    Redirects to the site you specified in the Foward To field using a "301 Moved Permanently" HTTP response. The HTTP 301 response code tells user-agents (including search engines) that the location has permanently moved.
    302
    Redirects to the site you specified in the Forward To field using a "302 Found" HTTP response. The HTTP 302 response code tells user-agents (including search engines) that the location has temporarily moved.
  8. On the Masking tab, select Mask Domain.
  9. Enter a Masked Title and Meta Tags in the appropriate fields.
  10. Click OK.