The process of sending a visitor from one web address to another is considered as redirection. Technically, redirection occurs on the Web Server's level due to the fact the Web Server is responsible for receiving and answering the web request for a website. Therefore, for a redirection to be created, you will have to instruct the Web Server that whenever a certain domain or URL is accessed it will send the visitor to another one. This is usually achieved by editing a special file containing instructions for the Web Server called ".htaccess". That file is stored in the Document Root of each domain associated with your Web Hosting account and to edit it you will need special knowledge in the syntax of Web Server rules. Since not everyone is familiar with that syntax, cPanel introduces a feature that allows you to easily set up and manage redirects without writing a single line of code, and in the next lines of this tutorial, we are going to fully review the "Redirects" cPanel feature.
Before you can continue any further with this tutorial, you will need to access the cPanel service for your Web Hosting Account. To do that, please follow our tutorial "How to access cPanel". If you are already logged in or if you are aware of how to access cPanel, please continue with this guide.
Once you are logged into the cPanel service, please look for the "Domains" features group. In it, you should find the "Redirects" feature. Once you see it, please click on it.
cPanel will then redirect you to a brand new page called "Redirects" where you will be able to manage all aspects of this feature.
Let's begin by adding a new redirect. The first section you will see on the "Redirects" page is called "Add Redirect" and it is used to configure a single redirect. Of course, you can use it multiple times to add as many as redirects you would like to but please bear in mind that only one redirect per domain/URL will work.
The available fields for configuration in this section are as follows.
Finally, to add the configured redirection, please click on the "Add" button.
cPanel will then create the configured redirect and will show a status message of whether or not the redirect was created. Please go back to the "Redirects" page by clicking on the "Go Back" link respectively.
Now that you know how to add a new redirect, let's see what actions you can perform on the already existing redirects. The second section of the "Redirects" page is called "Current Redirects". In this section, you will be able to find a table containing all the configured redirects as rows of data. For each redirect, you will be provided with several columns with information. Let's review those.
As you can see managing the redirections for your domain names is a pretty simple task, yet understanding how does the redirection actually works is often hard for non-technical users. Therefore, if you are not certain of how to configure redirection for your domains, please do not hesitate to contact our Technical Support Crew so they can assist you further with that endeavor.
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