I have a domain that is registered (but not hosted with GoDaddy). Previously, it used GoDaddy's domain forwarding to forward the domain to a google sites domain, but I would now like to use a 301 redirect on the domain.

What I've Tried - I was looking at how to make .htaccess 301 redirects, but then I noticed the following on GoDaddy when looking at the domain forwarding. enter image description here

This looks as though it is using a 301 redirect. Is this sufficient to serve as a 301 redirect? Essentially, is it the same thing?

  • Click the Edit Button(Pencil) to have a look at the properties, then logon to your FTP Server at GoDaddyand download .htaccess from /public_html, using cPanel/FileZilla etc. and compare the 2.
    – eyoung100
    Jun 19, 2014 at 21:51
  • The Forward with Masking option will maintain the labmovement.com URL in browsers while displaying content from mlabpk.com, whereas selecting Forward only will use a permanent 301 redirect resulting the URL also changing to mlabpk.com, which is desirable if you're trying to get that to be indexed by the search engines. See this for more.
    – dan
    Jun 20, 2014 at 0:39
  • does that mean that forward only is the technique I must use in order to have a proper 301 redirect that transfers pagerank over to mlabpk.com?
    – etangins
    Jun 20, 2014 at 1:41

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GoDaddy has complete instructions for using their forwarding and masking tool.

To redirect your domain to another in a way that is search engine friendly you need to select the following options:

  • Redirect type: 301 (Permanent)
  • Forward settings: Forward only

You have chosen "forward with masking" which uses frame redirect rather than 301 permanent redirects. If you change the setting to "forward only", you should be fine.

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