I think I was cheated by

Posted on 2004-11-27
Last Modified: 2013-12-24
I am going to make a big complain of But first of all, I need your opinion, Experts.

I bought the domain name in

My idea was to buy (through and then FORWARD TO (domain name that I bought and host in I ASKED Godaddy IF I could do that. That was what I've been told for Godaddy BEFORE I bought (I keep all its emails):

Godaddy said to me:
" 1. You can forward the domain name to or as long as is parked on our servers"

" 2. You can buy webhosting for and/or, however, both of those domain names would need to remain registered at their current registrar. All you would need to do is point the domain name server to our default hosting servers."

"3. My best suggestion is to keep your domain names with the tlds  at the current registrar and forward them from there, because we currently do not register nor transfer tlds."

After buying, I did buy Then I tried FORWARD TO But it CAN NOT BE done.
After this, what has Godaddy said to me? This one:

" The domain can not be forwarded to the hosting account. You will have to forward traffic from to the domain"

My questions are:
1. Did Godaddy lied to me? (I think they did cheat on me)
2. How can I accomplish "forward traffic from to the domain" ? Who has to do it? The registrar of or ?

Thank you very much for your help,
Question by:Rosa2003
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    Accepted Solution

    I don't think GoDaddy cheated you.  You can forward to, but it has to be done via the registrar.  Generally this is something you configure yourself in your domain control panel in your registrar's website.  If this feature isn't available in your domain control panel (or you're not sure), contact (the contact info is at and ask them how you can configure this yourself or if they can configure it for you.

    Other ways to do this:
    (1) configure DNS to forward one domain to the other;
    (2) set up simple hosting for and then use PHP or ASP to redirect;
    (3) configure your webserver to redirect (you do this with a .htaccess file in Apache, it's a bit different in IIS)

    Ideally, you want to use a 301 Redirect (permanent redirect).  If you have further questions about any of these methods, please ask.  The bottom line, it can be done fairly easily.  GoDaddy didn't cheat you - as the registrar of the destination domain name (and not the redirected domain name), the configuration for this is out of their hands.  It has to be done via your registrar or with one of these other methods.
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    Author Comment

    Thanks, humeniuk. tried to configured the forward issue, but they wrote me this problem:

    "The domain has already been approved but there is a problem when I try to get by his IP adresse :, I couldn't get the page, could please you have the people at  to configure the domain on their dns servers:
    Primary Server Namer: WSC1.JOMAX.NET
    IP Address:
    Secondary Server Name: WSC2.JOMAX.NET
     IP Address:
    So that the domain can be online."

    Godaddy domain's has as IP number (at least that was it says on the domain information).

    If I type on my web browser, the web site displays fine.

    If I ping, I get as IP number.

    But if I type on my web browser, it displays just error page.

    What is going on with the IP number? I supposed it has to be something wrong with IP number and that's why can't FORWARD from TO
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    Assisted Solution

    If you try to use the IP number, you won't get the website because it's probably shared hosting, ie. several websites on the same server using the same IP address.  The web server uses the browser's URL to determine which of the websites hosted there to serve.  Therefore, needs to redirect to the domain, NOT it's IP address.  They should be able to forward to the domain as easily as to the IP address.
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    Expert Comment

    Humeniuk is exactly correct - shared hosting will show the first domain configured.  You need to contact to have them add ServerAliases  for and for your virtual hosting.
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    Expert Comment

    FYI - =
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    Assisted Solution

    AH!  Thanks, Humeniuk - I think we've hit upon the crux of the issue, then.

    As GoDaddy is a competing registrar, I would expect that you would have needed to register the domain through them in order to be able to use a domain as an alias to other web hosting.

    There are other solutions that you could employ, however.  If you locate free web hosting (preferably on an Apache web server) for the second domain, you could simply forward the domain to existing one, either by refresh meta tag, or better, by a .htaccess command of:

    Redirect Permanent /
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    Expert Comment

    Right, if can't set up to forward to (rather than the IP), you have to use an alternative method like that.

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