My company use a domain registrar who also offer a web forwarding service.
We have a large number of different domain names purchased over the years and are using this web forwarding service to allow us to forward on requests to old domain names to a suitable location on our main website, as follows:
- User browses to
www.an-old-domain.exampleresolves via DNS to the IP of our registrar's forwarding server.
- The web forwarding server has been set up to serve an HTTP 302 redirect from
- The user is redirected to
www.our-corporate-website.example/some-pagewhich in turn resolves via DNS to the IP of our web server
We're having a few problems with the reliability of this redirection service and I was wondering whether it would be OK to create a DNS A record for
www.an-old-domain.example to resolve to
www.our-corporate-website.example/some-page, which in turn resolves to the IP address of our web server.
I've always thought that DNS A records should resolve to an IP address rather than a URL, thereby creating a chain of DNS entries. A colleague tells me they that this approach is fine however, but I'm suspicious that it's a bit of a hack.