It’s no secret we’re massive fans of Cloudflare® here at Pressimply –
– and one of their latest awesome service additions is the ability to use Cloudflare as domain registrar, with super-low wholesale domain pricing. Nice.
While you don’t need to be using Cloudflare as registrar for this to work (any domain on the Cloudflare platform will function in the same way, as they are providing your DNS), we found out how to do it after transferring our domain registrations over to Cloudflare Registrar. Prior to that, we were forwarding domains using our old registrar’s system, which is pretty normal.
Common practice in brand protection is to register your branding with several TLDs (Top-level domain : the bit that comes after the dot, like .com or .co.uk). Check out this super article from Namechk: What are TLDs? for a full rundown.
If you have several domains like this, you’ll most likely want to forward these additional domains to your primary domain.
Here’s how this is done in Cloudflare.
First off, setup the domain you need to forward in Cloudflare.
Make sure you have an A Record (or AAAA if you’re in IPv6 land). It really doesn’t matter where this points (we tried it with
188.8.131.52 as a test) but for problem-free setup, we’d recommend the IP address of the domain you’re redirecting to. Remember to add an A record for the
www as well to catch any edge cases.
Next up, move over to
Page Rules > Create Page Rule –
– and add
*mydomain.com/* with a 301 code (a permanent redirect) pointing towards
https://mynewdomain.com as your Forwarding URL. Add in
*.mydomain.com/* to catch those sneaky
www requests too.
Simple as that. All traffic to
mydomain.com will now be forwarded with a 301 redirect to
Simples, eh… ?
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