In simpler terms as the name suggests, it is a service which redirects your domain to other URL as you have not paid for hosting services. In normal case when you buy a domain & hosting, you get an IP address which is linked to your domain. Whenever a user types your domain name, he is displayed with, home page hosted, in case of redirect, service providers gives you IP addresses without physical hosting space. When the user keys in your domain name, his browser points towards the domain redirect service provider, which in turn, based on your domain name, redirects the user to alternate site address (generally free) that you have submitted while applying for domain redirect service. Why does need Domain Redirect service ?
Few situations where Domain Redirect service can be useful are as follows :-
| A. Client wants to host the site on free web space, but don't want long URL (Uniform Resource Locator), instead he wants his own domain name. |
B. Client already hosted his site & want to use balance space for hosting a product or services which has separate domain name.
Who provides this service & what are their charges? When you book a domain, you are required to provide an IP address of the server where you are going to host your web site. Even if you don't provide with an IP (In case you are just booking the domain name) the registrar company fills up the IP address details with their IP address, which as such does not point to hosting space.
There are many sites that provides such services. One of the good site I know & which is FREE too, is http://www.domainredirect.com provided by http://www.indialinks.com a hosting company & Network Solutions Premier partner.
How does it work ?
In case of a domain redirect company which provides redirection service, gives you IP address & maintains the database on that IP address. When some user enters your URL, request is directed, to the domain redirect service providers' IP address, where it searches the database & refreshes request to URL that you have given at the time of applying domain redirection.
What are the requirements of domain Redirect ?
Pretty simple, your own domain name, free hosting space or a subdirectory on already hosted web space.
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