Aside from the actual Internet presence itself, domain names are essential for ensuring your website is a success. This is why you need powerful administrative tools that make it convenient and, most importantly, easy to manage your own domain. Around two years ago, Hostpoint introduced its new DNS Editor to give users a simple administration and configuration tool for domain names. In a past post, we explained all of the fantastic things you can do with it.
Our Domain Control Panel has also been up and running for some time now. It allows you to manage domain names, configure your DNS servers, edit your contact details, and set up redirects. And one more thing: if you purchase your domain and web space from Hostpoint, your domain or web hosting account will be ready to go as soon as registration is complete. By default, the domain status (found under Domains -> Edit) is already configured for a Hostpoint hosting account, meaning that no further action is required on your part.
Changing DNS servers
If, however, you want to use the domain for websites hosted by another provider, you can set up the appropriate name server records in just a few steps. Click Edit next to the relevant domain in the Domain Control Panel. A list of domains appears. Next, click on “Domain state” to show the name server records for the corresponding domain. If the specific provider’s servers are already entered here, the DNS records are managed directly by the new hosting provider.
Redirects to other websites
There are also scenarios in which you simply want to redirect the domain to an existing website. The Control Panel makes it easy to set up a redirect for any domain. When visitors go to the domain, they will automatically be redirected to a different website. The destination does not necessarily have to be a domain; it can also be a subdirectory or certain website. For redirects, we use what is known as a 301 status code – something Google specifically recommends as well.
The other option is of course to redirect the domain to our domain parking website or even deactivate it altogether. This can be particularly useful for domains that have to be active for the purposes of registration (for example, “.de” domains). But watch out: once you have selected Deactivate domain, the domain will no longer be available on the web. All other services such as e-mail and FTP will also be deactivated.
Updating domain contacts
In the Domain Control Panel you can also make changes to the details and addresses of the domain owner and technical contact. These are the same address details for the domain listed in the public WHOIS registry. Always make sure to enter valid address details so that the domain cannot be deactivated by the registrar. If you want to transfer your domain over to another person or company, for legal reasons you still need the User change form which you will find at the Control Panel.
And the best part? All these options aren’t just available for domains registered with Hostpoint; the powerful domain management tool, including DNS editor and redirects, can also be used with domains that are registered through a different provider but hosted by Hostpoint.