Congratulations on having your very own website! Are you ready to purchase a custom domain, or do you have a new domain (the name of your website, in my case www.sarahvanmarketing.com ) that you want to forward your old website too?
It sounds complicated but it is really quite easy to forward your old website to a new name.
Name servers store the configuration of your domains as a collection of resource records. If you use the Google Domain servers, you can figure out your domain. Or you can enter up to 13 custom nameservers and configure your domain using a 3rd party DNS provider. So if you bought the name for your website from Go Daddy or BlueHost you can enter it in Google Domain still.
DNSSEC – Domain Name System Security Extensions
This is important to make sure you enable your DNSSEC. This protects your domain from attacks such as DNS cache poison attacks and DNS spoofing. Think of it as a suit of armour around your website domain.
Synthetic Records are unique to Google Domains. They perform tasks that require multiple resource records, like mapping the domains and subdomains required to integrate with G-suite.
- Creating email forwarding alias like firstname.lastname@example.org
- Adding all the resource records necessary to integrate your domain with a 3rd party host
You can configure Synthetic Records directly in the DNS tab in Google Domains. Others are set up automatically by Google Domains when you set up web forwarding.
This is what directs your domain or a subdomain to a resource with a dynamically assigned IP address, that you can edit on the DNS tab.
Sub Domain Forwarding
This is how you direct a sub domain to a named url. For example. yourbusinessname.com/yourproduct and have a simpler url like yourproduct.com
How to set up your new name on your old website:
Step #1 Sign into your personal Google Account.
If you do not have a Google account you will have to sign up for one in order to use Google Domains.
Always write down your passwords in a safe place, try a file folder on your computer.
Step #2 Click My Domains
This will require you to add your domain you already purchased, or you can buy one directly from Google.
Step #3 Click On DNS Tab
Remember this is where you will configure synthetic records.
Step #4 Scroll down to Synthetic Records
This is where you will do the forwarding.
Step #5 Select your subdomain from the list
Select Subdomain forward, if yours is not on the list, you will have to doublecheck step 2.
Step #6 Select the type of Redirect
Will this be a temporary redirect? (HTTP 302)
- Browser won’t cache
- Forces a look up every time to routing table or DNS Server
- Changes you make show up quickly
Or will it be a permanent redirect? (HTTP 301)
- Redirects to cache forwarding address
- Quicker load time from repeat visitors to your site
- Changes propagate slowly
Step #7 Choose your Pathforwarding
Step #8 Click to Accept Changes of Resource Records
This will save your changes and you are good to go!