GoDaddy

Domain Forwarding with Masking

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You likely have heard of domain forwarding where you purchase a domain and have it forward to a different domain.  You might not have heard about domain forwarding with masking.  What this means is when you forward someone to a different domain/URL, it continues to display the domain they typed into their URL address bar once they are on the site rather than the actual URL.

The need for this came about for Online Church when our Media Social channel URL is http://live.mediasocial.tv/cbc.  It's not a bad URL, but it wasn't easy for people to remember so we purchased a domain (first http://mycbconline.com and now http://onlinechurch.com) and forwarded that domain to our Media Social channel URL.  It worked for the most part, but I would hear from people that they thought they somehow went to the wrong site because the URL completely changed.  That's when we found out about domain forwarding with masking.

Now, when people type in the URL http://OnlineChurch.com it forwards them to http://live.mediasocial.tv/cbc, but their URL address bar still displays OnlineChurch.com.

So, that's why we did it, but for those who have asked the questions about how we did it; here is the step by step process as to how we setup this functionality through GoDaddy:

  1. Purchase the domain at http://GoDaddy.com
  2. Click on My Account and then Launch the Domains tab
  3. Choose the domain you want to forward and then choose option "Manage" next to "Forwarding"
  4. Choose Advanced Options and "Forward with Masking"
  5. Fill in the information: URL to forward to, Title (will show up at top of browser window), Description (will display in search results), and Keywords (will help with SEO)

Save these results and you're all set and should be in effect immediately.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this functionality and how you are using it.  I would also be interested to hear any reasons as to why someone shouldn't use this functionality as well.  Please comment with any questions that you might have about domain forwarding with masking.

Why I Use GoDaddy

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People often ask me who I use for my hosting provider and seem to be surprised when I tell them that I use GoDaddy for everything.  I'm a big fan of all things GoDaddy except their commercials.  I would love for them to save some Marketing money and drop a dollar off of my monthly hosting charges, but it's not going to prevent me from continuing to use their services.  Here are the 3 S's of why I like GoDaddy so much:

1) Simplicity- their site is easy to use and their backend Admin panels are even easier to navigate and monitor.  I own 20+ domains and have several different hosting packages that easy to manage all in one place.

2) Service- I guess I'm still old school in my customer service needs, but I like to talk to a person.  I rarely have to wait more than 5 minutes to talk to a real live person and a very helpful person that doesn't need to forward me to someone else.  They always go above and beyond in helping me with setup or service issues that are almost always user error.

3) Search- Anytime I'm thinking about a new ministry or business ideas the first place I go is GoDaddy to search related domain name availability or who owns them.   Having this front and center on their website and mobile site has been extremely useful for me.

So, who do you use and why?