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

To forward your domain:

 

  1. Click My domains in the left column and then click the domain name (you are sent to the Website tab by default).
  2. Scroll down and click Forward Web forward icon
  3. In the Forward box, enter a URL or IP address in the field (see Domain forwarding values).
  4. If you are happy with the default values, Click the Forward button. Otherwise click Advanced options.
    Default Values:
    • Temporary (HTTP 302) redirect by default. You can also use a Permanent (HTTP 301) redirect. See Redirect type
    • Path forwarding is off by default. See Path forwarding.
  5. Check that your domain is forwarded to the intended location (see Verify domain forwarding).

When you set up web forwarding, Google Domains creates a Web forwarding synthetic record. If you delete this record, the web forwarding will stop. See Synthetic records for more information.

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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
  • web pages
    • www.example.com/welcome.html
    • https://www.example.com/login.aspx
    • http://www.example.com/page1.htm
  • IP addresses
    • 123.123.123.123 (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

  • Temporary (HTTP 302) redirect allows you to propagate changes to your forwarding address quickly.
    • Browsers typically do not cache 302 redirects.
    • Can force a lookup to the routing table or DNS server for the redirect every time. 
    • Changes that you make to web forwarding propagate very 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 propagate.

HTTP 302 is the default for Google Domains. If you are unsure, use 302.

Redirect type and search ranking

When they were first implemented, 301 and 302 redirects would affect search ranking differently. Now, most search engines, including Google, do not differentiate between the redirect types. 

Path forwarding

Forwards the path after the domain name to the same path at the new address.

 domain is to the left of the / path is to the right

For example, if you are 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.

Use path forwarding when the domain that you are redirecting to has the same structure as your current domain.

Verify domain forwarding

Once you have set up domain forwarding, it's important to verify that your domain will be forwarded to the location that you intended.

  1. Once you have set up Web forwarding, the Website tab should display a small image of your destination site. 
  2. Click the image to open the destination site in a new browser tab. 
    Note: It may take several minutes for your changes to propagate. If your destination does not display, check the URL and try again. 
Click to view an example
Website tab showing Web forwarding configured
View the Domain forward DNS records

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

To view the Domain forward record:

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