How do I set up or manage URL Redirection for my Domain name?
Posted by Tim Fisher on 17 January 2019 05:05 PM
To access and set up URL Redirection for your domain name, go to the Login page on the Freeparking website and sign in. Go to the Services tab and click manage next to the domain you want to enable URL Redirection for. Click on the 'Service Management' tab and scroll down and click on the Request Button in the URL Redirection section.
Once on the 'Edit URL Redirection' page click on the Show Advanced Options link at the bottom of the page.
Enter the target address into the Redirection to (URL): field.
Select the preferred redirection method using the Redirection Method drop down box. If you are not sure which redirection method to use we would suggest the 301 (Permanently Redirect) method. Please see the What do the different redirection methods mean? FAQ below for explanations of each method.
Click the Save button to apply and the redirection will start working immediately.
NOTE: In order to access and use the URL Redirection service, the domain name must be using the Freeparking DNS servers (ns.freeparking.co.nz and ns2.freeparking.co.nz) and also be pointing to the Freeparking ‘parked domain’ IP Address (188.8.131.52). If you have just changed the name servers to Freeparking's name servers and / or just edited the 'A Records' for the Domain to point at our redirection IP address of 184.108.40.206, then you will need to allow for normal DNS propagation to complete. This can vary from as little as one hour to 48 hours.
URL Redirection FAQ's
Can I remove or edit my URL Redirection?
Yes you can remove or change a URL redirection at any stage. Follow the same initial steps as detailed above to access the URL redirection section.
To delete just remove the URL from the Redirection to (URL): field and click the Save button.
To change the redirection just edit the URL in the Redirection to (URL): field accordingly and click the Save button.
What do the different redirection methods mean?
301 (Permanently Redirect). This is the best option mainly because it is the redirection method most favoured by search engines. The address in a visitors address bar will display the address of the site or page you are redirecting to. The search engines prefer this partly because they see that you are not “hiding” the fact you are redirecting the Domain name. The term Permanent does not mean that the redirection cannot be changed. It just means that for the foreseeable future you intend to keep the redirection in place. This is another reason for why the search engines prefer the 301 redirect method. A 301 redirect will also carry across any previous search engine ranking values for the Domain to the new page.
302 (Temporarily Redirect). This is similar to the 301 redirect but should only be used as a short term redirect option. It does not carry across any previous search engine ranking values for the Domain to the new page.
Cloaked (browser address stays as mydomain.co.nz). This method means that the address you are redirecting to is hidden. The address bar of the visitor’s browser will display your domain name. This is an older method and is not recommended if you are concerned about being ranked in search engines as it is not search engine friendly. Note: Some modern hosting services such as Google Sites and Facebook will not display if you redirect a Domain to their services using this method.
Can I see how many times my domain has been redirected?
Yes you can. Once a URL redirection has been enabled a simple Monthly Web Activity graph will show at the top of the URL Redirection page for the Domain with the number of redirects detected per month displayed.
Why is URL Redirection unavailable for my domain name?
For URL Redirection to be available your Domain needs to be using the Freeparking name servers and the domain's 'A Records' should be pointing at the IP address 220.127.116.11. Please see the DNS FAQ’s and in particular the 'How do I change my DNS records?' section.
If you have the Single Page Site enabled for the Domain name that will also disable the Domain Redirection service.