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so I've set www.mydomain.com to point to ghs.google.com, which correctly loads my Google site, but if you go to mydomain.com, it doesn't redirect/forward to www.mydomain.com, it just hangs. is there a way to change this in the Godaddy DNS manager?

  • I had a goDaddy account and their support is actually nice. Give them a call and they'll help you. Other than that I don't think this is the place for such a question. – PedroC88 Mar 1 '11 at 15:24
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It's not a DNS setting; you need to set up a redirect from mydomain.com to www.mydomain.com. Fortunately, Godaddy provides this service for free; follow the directions at https://ph.godaddy.com/help/forward-a-domain-12123

  • Does this forward http://example.com/something to http://www.example.com/something or does it ignore the rest of the URL? – Abdulsattar Mohammed Mar 23 '11 at 9:12
  • @CodingTales: yes, it will redirect all requests to the same URL with just the hostname replaced. – Wooble Mar 23 '11 at 12:46
  • I have domain with godaddy called bgrnature.com and when I type bgrnature.com, its not forwarding to the site. I had to add www prefix. How can I use it without type www as prefix? – kittu Mar 31 '17 at 20:46
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    @kittu Forward the domain name to www.bgrnature.com – Daniel Apr 14 '17 at 2:48
  • I think this is a better fit with the original question (forwarding a root domain → www): ph.godaddy.com/help/… – Tom Söderlund Dec 18 '18 at 16:19
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Its not subdomain at all. I am using domain forwarding. Just select forward of domain, not subdomain, and add www to it, and forward only, and it automatically adds the ip address in the A record of DNS in godaddy. If you are using cloudflare, do it in the dns settings on godaddy first and then add domain to cloudflare or if you are already using cloudflare, the delete domain off of cloudflare, and redo the dns and forwarding on godaddy, then rescan on cloudflare, if the dns settings do not show up from godaddy, then add them from godaddy by copying and pasting the settings over to cloudflare, and then add cloudflare nameservers over to godaddy.

If you arent using cloudflare, then just forward the domain non www to the forwarding of www under domain forwarding in godaddy as said at first, then wait and it will do it. I put an extra A record with * pointing to the forwarding ip address too, so you have two A records, one with * and other with @ pointing to ip address.

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