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How do I automatically redirect one web page to another?


How do I redirect a web page to another? I have a page with a .dk top level
domain and one with .com and would like the .dk to automatic forward visitors
to my .com domain. I’ve found 4 lines on the web describing the code but it
doesn’t work. And can the same be done if you just own the domain name and
doesn’t have space on a web server?

This is one of those things that I do just infrequently enough that I can
never remember the exact syntax, and I end up looking it up again from
the last time I did it.

Fortunately there are a couple of ways, depending on what kind of access
you have to your domain and/or server, and what kind of functionality your
domain registrar or DNS provider gives you.

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1. Registration Only; No Server

If all you’ve done is register the domain, but have not actually provided
for a web server to serve up pages from that domain, you’ll be
relying on the DNS functionality that your registrar has provided. DNS is
normally where you tell the world “this domain is at that IP address” (using an
A record). Without a server there is no IP address, so you need to do
something different.

One common approach is to create a CNAME record. It’s similar to an
A record except that it says, in effect, “this domain is really that
domain”. The “catch” if you want to call it that, is that the web server that
will eventually serve up pages for this domain must know about it.

For example: “” has a CNAME record to say that it’s really
“”. That at least gets it to my web server. I then had to
configure my web server to handle requests for “”. I happened to
configure it to redirect those requests to “”. (See the URL Rewrite
discussion at the end of this article for just how that was done.)

“Exactly how that’s done will vary based on which DNS
provider you happen to be using, which features they happen to expose and

Another approach, depending on the features your registrar or DNS provider
gives you, is called a “url redirect”. That allows you to specify something
much like “this domain should redirect to that page“. This is also
very powerful in a couple of different ways.

Without any server-side work, “” redirects to “”. All
it took was a URL redirect in my registrar’s DNS control panel. Perhaps more
interesting is “” which uses a URL redirect to send you
instead to “”. This actually relies on features
supplied by your DNS provider or registrar, so you’ll need to check for

All of the steps above involve dealing with your DNS provider. I say “DNS
provider or registrar” above because most registrars provide DNS functionality
as part of their service these days. What I can’t tell you are the
specific steps you need to step through to set an “A” record, create a “CNAME”
record, or create a “URL redirect”. Exactly how that’s done will vary based on
which DNS provider you happen to be using, which features they happen to expose
and how.

Server With Only “.html” Access

If the domain you want to redirect is already pointing at a server on which
you can place “.html” files, there’s another technique that doesn’t require any
DNS work at all. It uses HTML to perform the redirection automatically. The
technique is typically referred to as a “meta refresh”, and is the one who’s
syntax I keep forgetting.

Here’s the entire contents of the page

  <title>Ask Leo! - Leo's Answers Latest Newsletter</title>
  <meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0;url=">
   Redirecting to latest newsletter. If you're not redirected within a couple of seconds,
   click here:<br />
    <a href="">Leo's Answers #82 - June 15, 2007</a>

The line of interest is the fourth line that begins with “<meta”. The
operation is “refresh” which means to “refresh” the current page with the
information that follows. The content begins with a zero, which is the number
of seconds to wait, and then the URL that you should be taken to. Thus when you
you’ll be immediately redirected to the page containing the current

Most of you will, but not all. Meta-refresh can be disabled by the user so
the alternate, manual approach is still required. That’s why it’s important to
include the text in the actual page instructing people to “click here if you’re
not automatically redirected”.

In your case I’d put on your home page a meta refresh of the

  <meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0;url=">

Servers With URL Rewriting

I’m expecting that the prior methods will be appropriate for 99% of the
people who might be interested in the topic. But I feel I have to include this
technique for the 1% group – the group that I’m actually in, since this is what
I do for most of my sites.

If you have an Apache web server, or another server that supports
the same functionality, and it’s configured to allow URL Rewriting in
.htaccess files or you have access to the configuration files for the web
server, then you can do redirection a slightly different way.

First, you would simply point your domain to your web server as if you were
actually hosting it there. In your case, you’d go ahead and point your “.dk”
domain with an “A” record to your web server.

Then, you would configure your web server to actually host that domain.

Finally, either in the configuration files for that site on your web server,
or in the .htaccess file in the root of where the pages for “” would
reside, you would place the following:

RedirectPermanent / ""

That’ll send all the requests to the redirected target.

(I realize that statement is technically not URL rewriting, but it’s close
enough for this discussion. Full URL Rewriting is incredibly powerful and
complex and well beyond the scope of this answer.)

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21 comments on “How do I automatically redirect one web page to another?”

  1. .dk works exactly like (except with advertisements).

    Say you wanted to display, then you configure to show (in a similar way to using CNAME i believe), however, will show as a frame, and the URL in the address bar will stay the same as long as you click links that dont open a new webbrowser.

    My advice for the person who asked this is to rent a cheap server.
    If you cant find one, i highly recommend and go with their $10 plan.

    Good luck on your site, and leo: I Know where to come when im stuck on HTML coding now ;) thanks mate.

  2. I know how to redirect to a webpage but what I want is to redirect to a totally different webpage if Primary Redirected page is down. So if PAGE_A is being Redirected to PAGE_B but if PAGE_B is down it should redirect somehow to PAGE_C. Is it possible?

  3. Hi, I know how to use the Meta refresh. I’ve used it on my website to forward everyone to a diferent website.It’s nic because it keeps my original domain name in the web browser. does a meta refresh to Unfortunately, if one of the pages on the onestopweb site is longer then the page on, then the page is cut off at the bottom. Also there is a white border around the page. I can make my page size larger on however that makes every page long even if the page on the other site doesn’t have anything on it. Is there a simple way around this?
    I’m a novice at this and am not sure about the A record and cname stuff.
    My domain is hosted through I happened to get in when they were Betatesting and gor my domain and web site free. I could move the domain, but then I would have to start paying a fee to maintain the domain name every year, where Microsoft is currently maintaining the fees. If I change the domain name then I will have to start paying for it. So I’d like to maintain my domain where it’s at and forward to a different page. Officelive dosen’t offer some of the features that onestopweb offers which I like.


  4. What about cases that I need to get some data in the response from the remote server?
    Case of client requesting server1 and him, in turn, request server2 for the data (that needs to go back to the client).


  5. I am using Bravenet and would like to redirect to my new website which is a .com. I did html access which worked when I click “webpage preview in microsoft publisher. But when I put the page into bravenet I get “The webpage cannot be found”

    Please Help.

  6. Good information. I generally use 301 redirects for all my domain redirection – it helps forward my retained pagerank of my old domain to my new one.

  7. Hi Leo,
    Great article.
    Question – doesn’t the html redirect screw up your page with Google (i.e. de-indexing). I was going to use it but others have warned me against it.
    Cheers! Calvin

    Unknown. Google doesn’t share their secrets. One would hope it would not affect thigns poorly, but there’s no way to know for sure. Also be aware that Google’s not the only search engine.


  8. Hi, i just did my wedding website from so when i did my save the dates i put http://www.myname& but when i type it with the Ws it says page not found and then if i type it w/o the Ws then it takes me to my website…what can i do my save the dates are printed with the Ws can i redirect or what can i do ? Help please

  9. I have a similar question relating to this topic. I’ve recently acquired ..I wanted to give my friends this link so that they can easily remember, what my problem is the HTML part. I do online radio, what I needed them to do is, when they click or put it would go to my music that instant, so they do not have to go to the server am using ..I’ve seen them on some blogspot. they have a black square where it says “loading” (appx 100×100 pxl). Can anyone help?
    **(the links posted may or may not exist its just an example) any duplication of any website is purely accidental.

  10. I cannot understand redirecting at all. Is there a 301 redirect with enom? I purchased domain ( through blogger. I want to 301 redirect every url of to every corresponding url to For example, I want to redirect to But I have not seen a solution about this. Can you help me please?

  11. I want to know how to write html mail.I do have gmail account and knowledge of html.Now please tell me if I type html tags over gmail mail editor program,it simply send content as it is.So,how to do this job so that my html taggged mail present at reciever side as html mail???hope your are get I want to say??

    If you click on “Rich Formatting” in GMail’s web interface you’re writing HTML, but not HTML directly (i.e. you can’t enter HTML tags yourself and have them be meaningful). I’m not aware of a way to do that in GMail’s web interface – you’d have to use a desktop email program and Gmail’s POP3/SMTP interface.


  12. With these capabilities for automatic redirection to other web pages, it is possible to set up a redirection loop — try to avoid making it a no-wait-time infinite loop! (An infinite loop with a reasonable delay, on the other hand, might have its uses as a sort of slide show, among other possibilities).

  13. I redirected from one URL to the other, the old site now redirect to the site. But the URL name itself is not changing. For example redirected to But the issue is when you go to the hope page of open however the URL name is retain in the address bar.I want when you go to the page redirect and at the same time the URL name changes to

  14. How do I make a domain that has not been published or have any content on it all, it has just been purchased from enom, redirect to a site that i already have set up? The above is really to far advanced for me….I want my domain, to redirect to a page a supplier made for me at…I see where it talks about CNAMES and I know that is where I need to be, but I dont know how to fill it in to make it do what I want it to

  15. Thanks Leo! I was over-thinking the matter and your article helped simplify my methods. The meta command in the header suggestion worked flawlessly.


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