HTTP Redirection Records are special records in that they are a combination of an A record and the use of an application server which looks up the destination URL of the A record in a database.
There are different types of HTTP Redirection.
- Standard Redirection sends your domain visitors to any website you specify. The true address of the destination website – not your domain name – will display in the viewer’s browser.
- Frame Masked (Hidden) Redirection sends your domain visitors to any website you specify, just like Standard Redirection, with one difference: the destination URL will be displayed in a framed HTML page. So your domain continues to display in your visitor’s browser when they reach the website and while visiting any page in that website.
Visitors can enter sub-directories after your domain. If you wish, you can disable this for your domain by opting to enable the “Hard Link” option. With “Hard Link” turned off, the user will be redirected to the final destination URL and nothing else the user may enter can change that.
URL Redirection can also be used as a simple fix if your ISP is blocking incoming port 80. First you want to create an A record that points to your IP. Let’s say we create one called ‘www2′. So for this example let’s say that the FQDN is www2.example-1.com. You will then need to find a port that your ISP is not blocking. For this example let’s say that the ISP is not blocking 8889. You will then need to configure your web server to accept requests on port 8889. You will then create an HTTP Redirection that will send all traffic for www.example-1.com to http://www2.example.com:8889. Now when a user types http://www.example-1.com they will be redirected to http://www2.example.com:8889.