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Difference Between Domain Alias and Domain Redirect

Posted by Allison on 09 10 2017.

At the outset both the words domain alias and domain redirect look the same. But there are some key differences between the two. The names ie alias and redirect will give you some clue as to how both are different. Let’s look at the differences between the two

Domain Alias

Domain aliases allows website to be available from another domain name. For example, I have a main domain domain.com and I want the domains domain.net and domain.org to show the same contents as on domain.com. Even in the address bar the domain.net and domain.org should show like the domain.com, then you need to use the domain alias option in the cPanel. This will allow the browsing of websites domain.net and domain.org same as the main domain domain.com. 

Set up domain alias in cPanel

 	Purchase the domain/domains which you want to setup as alias/aliases to the main domain.
 	Assumption is that main domain…

At the outset both the words domain alias and domain redirect look the same. But there are some key differences between the two. The names ie alias and redirect will give you some clue as to how both are different. Let’s look at the differences between the two

Domain Alias

Domain aliases allows website to be available from another domain name. For example, I have a main domain domain.com and I want the domains domain.net and domain.org to show the same contents as on domain.com. Even in the address bar the domain.net and domain.org should show like the domain.com, then you need to use the domain alias option in the cPanel. This will allow the browsing of websites domain.net and domain.org same as the main domain domain.com.

Set up domain alias in cPanel

  1. Purchase the domain/domains which you want to setup as alias/aliases to the main domain.
  2. Assumption is that main domain is already set up in the cPanel.
  3. Login and get to the cPanel dashboard.
  4. Scroll to domains, under that you will see Aliases.
  5. Click on “Aliases”
  6. Domain alias an ideal solution when you have multiple domain names that you want people to be able to use to reach your website.
  7. Enter the domain name under “Create a New Alias” and click “Add domain”
  8. It’s complete. When somebody browses domain.net or domain.org they will view the contents and links as the domain.com.
  9. Note, the name server information for the alias domain should be same as the main domain.

Domain Redirect

The Redirect option in the cPanel will enable you to make the domain name redirect/forward to another domain of website or a custom URL. For example, we create a redirect so that domain.net redirects the user to domain.com. Here, once redirected the address bar will show the main domain ie domain.com and not domain.net.

Set up Redirect for a domain in cPanel

  1. Purchase the domain/domains which you want to redirect/forward to the main domain.
  2. Assumption is that main domain is already set up in the cPanel.
  3. Login and get to the cPanel dashboard.
  4. Scroll to domains, under that you will see Redirects.
  5. Click on “Redirects”
  6. Redirect is an ideal solution when you want to forward multiple domain names to a single domain name or a URL.
  7. Select the Type option, Permanent (301) or Temporary (302) depending on if you want a permanent redirect or a temporary one.
  8. Next, select the domain name you want to redirect.
  9. After that under “Redirects to” mention the domain/URL to which the redirection should happen.
  10. Under www. Redirection select any one of the below 3 as applicable
    • Only redirect with www.
    • Redirect with or without www.
    • Do Not Redirect www.
  11. Note: If you select the Wild Card Redirect Box, it will redirect all files within a directory to the same filename in the redirected directory.
  12. Click Add button and check that your redirection is completed.