This guide explains what a Web alias is, aspects to consider and how to create one on your domain with one.com.
What is a Web alias?
With a Web alias, you direct a domain or subdomain to another domain or subdomain, much like a Web forward. However, with a Web alias, you keep the URL from the original domain visible in the browser’s address bar.
The Web alias isn't a real DNS record but a setting that mimics DNS behaviour.
What to consider before creating a Web alias
Below, we have listed the aspects to consider before setting up a Web alias:
- It must be accepted by the target URL for it to work. Facebook, for example, doesn't allow this.
- It won't work on a mobile device.
- It has a negative impact on SEO ranking.
- Because SSL isn't supported on a Domain only or Email Essential plan, you can only use a Web alias with HTTP.
Create a Web alias on your domain
- Log into the one.com Control Panel.
- Click DNS settings on the Advanced settings tile.
- Go to DNS records.
- Under create new record, click Web alias.
- Enter the following details:
- Hostname: leave it empty to redirect the domain, or enter a subdomain.
- URL: Enter the URL you want to direct to, including "https://".
- Click Create record to save your settings.
Example: In the screenshot below we have directed www.one-example.guide to the URL https://www.one-example.com. So when a visitor types in www.one-example.guide in their browser, they end up on the site www.one-example.com, BUT in their browser it still shows www.one-example.guide.