A domain forwarder allows you to point your primary domain and sub-domain to any website or destination you choose on the Internet. With a domain forwarder, visitors who type in or click on your http://yourprimarydomain.com or http://yoursubdomain.com will be forwarded to another URL, say http://anywebsite.com.
One of the most common uses of a domain forwarder is to provide you with a temporary IP address where your site visitors can be redirected temporarily while your site is shut down as it undergoes maintenance. Setting up a forwarder is easy via cPanel and the result occurs almost immediately.
Another example where having a domain forwarder can be a good idea is when your site has a very long URL. As you may know, most web users do not like to type in too many characters in the web address bar. To remedy this problem, you can provide a short URL for your visitors and have it redirected to the site or page with the long URL.
If you no longer need to use the forwarder feature, you can remove it manually through the public_html folder in the .htaccess file. Another option would be to go the same way you set your domain forwarder via the cPanel.
Here are the steps involved in taking down domain forwarding, whether it’s just email forwarders or a whole forwarding address in cPanel.
Deleting Email Domain Forwarders
When you use a domain forwarder, it can nullify the default email address of your domain. So, copies of incoming email intended for your primary domain or sub-domain can be sent to your redirect or forwarding domain.
This override feature kicks in only if the domain forwarder is unable to deliver the incoming email to a valid address or to an autoresponder.
In cPanel, you will see the listing of all your account’s email domain forwarders via the table named Forward All Email for a Domain. Here are the steps to take when deleting an email domain forwarder:
Deleting Forwarded Domain or Sub-domain
While deleting domain or email forwarders via cPanel is easy, some users have encountered problems in the process. One example would be deleting a forwarder only to find out that it’s shown back on the list and is nowhere gone.
It’s important that you properly investigate such a rare occurrence. If necessary, access your server provider using your Root or Administrator privileges to correctly pinpoint the problem. Or you can always submit a support ticket so that your hosting provider will be able to help you.