Have you ever wanted to forward your domain name from your current registrar or host to your Facebook page, profile, or Twitter feed? Building and maintaining a website requires money and time. If you’re a new company, you may use your Facebook page or even Twitter feeds other than a dedicated business website. In an earlier guide, we discussed how you can forward domain in cPanel with Bluehost. Today, we will show you how to do so with another cPanel hosting service provider, Hostgator. You will learn the easy steps to forward your domain name registered with Hostgator to your own Facebook page or Twitter below. You can set up a redirect of your domain via htaccess. It is a bit difficult for beginners though. Fortunately cPanel gives us the power to manage domain or subdomain redirects in a more intuitive way. No coding skills required.
Forward domain from Hostgator to Facebook or Twitter
Log on your hosting control panel with Hostgator. Scroll down until you reach the Domains section. Choose Redirects, you will be taken to the redirects setup and manage screen like this.
- Type: choose Permanent 301 or Temporary 302. A permanent redirect will notify the visitor’s browser to update any bookmarks that are linked to the redirected page, and notify search engines the site has moved to the new address permanently. Temporary redirects will not.
- Domain/Subdomain: choose the domain or subdomain you want to be redirected.
- Redirects to: the target or destination page or URL, your Facebook page or Twitter feeds in this case. A Facebook page is something like https://www.facebook.com/betterhostreview.
- www.redirection: you have the option to redirect domain with or without www prefix, or only with www; generally speaking you should enable the ‘redirect with or without www’when you want to point your domain name to Facebook page or Twitter feeds.
- Wild Card Redirect: this is to redirect all files within a directory to the same filename in the redirected directory; no need to enable it.
Click Add button to create the redirect in Hostgator control panel. After that the redirect or domain forwarding will be listed at the Current Redirects section, at the lower section of the same page. You can cancel or delete the redirect any time you need.
A Facebook page for business does have some limitations though, such as the lack of brand control, content control and SEO control. In my opinion a Facebook page is not enough for strong online presence. You need both a dedicated website and a Facebook page for your business. Use Facebook as part of your online strategy, but not the only tool.