Turn on web forwarding

Web forwarding directs your domain and www.<your domain> to an existing URL. 

How to forward your domain

To forward your domain, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to Google Domains.
  2. Click the Website tab  for the domain you want to forward.
  3. Click Continue under Forward to an existing webpage.
  4. Enter a URL or IP address in the Website URL field.
  5. If you’re happy with the default values, Click Forward. Otherwise, click Advanced options.

Default Values:

  • A temporary (HTTP 302) redirect is on by default. You can also use a permanent (HTTP 301) redirect. Learn more about redirect types.
  • Path forwarding is off by default. 
  1. Check that your domain is forwarded to the intended location.

When you set up web forwarding, Google Domains creates a web forwarding synthetic record. If you delete this record, web forwarding stops. Learn more about synthetic records.

Verify domain forwarding

Once you have set up domain forwarding, it's important to verify that your domain is forwarded to the correct location. To verify that your domain is correctly forwarded, follow the steps below:

  1. Sign in to Google Domains.
  2. Once you've set up web forwarding, the Website tab  should display a small image of your destination site. 
  3. Click the image to open the destination site in a new browser tab. 

Note: It may take several minutes for your changes to occur. If your destination doesn't display, check the URL and try again. 

View the Domain forward DNS records

When you set up web forwarding, Google Domains creates a Domain forward synthetic record that contains all the necessary A, AAAA, and CNAME record values.

To view the Domain forward record:

  1. Sign in to Google Domains.
  2. Click the DNS tab  and scroll down to Synthetic records
  3. Click the expand expand icon (>) symbol next to Domain forward synthetic record to view its details. 
  4. Note the A, AAAA, and CNAME resource records within the synthetic record that are created for you.

Domain forwarding values

Examples of possible values for domain forwarding are shown here:

  • Root domains:
    • example.com
    • https://example.com
    • http://example.com
  • Subdomains:
    • www.example.com
    • https://support.example.com
    • http://info.example.com
  • Folders:
    • www.example.com/marketing
    • https://www.example.com/products
    • http://www.example.com/services
  • Webpages:
    • www.example.com/welcome.html
    • https://www.example.com/login.aspx
    • http://www.example.com/page1.htm
  • IP addresses:
    • (IPv4)
    • 2002:db80:1:2:3:4:567:89ab (IPv6)

Redirect type

Redirect type determines how routers and browsers store your web forwarding information. You can choose one of the following:

  • Temporary (HTTP 302) redirect allows changes to occur to your forwarding address quickly.
    • Browsers typically don’t cache 302 redirects.
    • Can force a lookup to the routing table or DNS server for the redirect every time. 
    • Changes you make to web forwarding occur quickly.
  • Permanent (HTTP 301) redirect allows browsers to cache the forwarding address.
    • This may help the address resolve slightly more quickly on subsequent visits from the same browser.
    • Changes may take longer to occur.
HTTP 302 is the default for Google Domains. If you’re unsure of which redirect to choose, use 302.

Path forwarding

Path forwarding forwards the path after the domain name to the same path at the new domain. You should only use path forwarding when the domain you’re redirecting to has the same structure as the current domain.

domain is to the left of the / path is to the right
For example, if you're forwarding documentationexample.com to example.com:
Path forwarding on: documentationexample.net/about.html redirects to example.com/about.html 
Path forwarding off: documentationexample.net/about.html redirects to example.com

Path forwarding is off by default.
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