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GoDaddy: Forwarding with HTTPS support

GoDaddy provides out-of-the box support for forwarding your domain. This works, but it's missing important features like HTTPS & Analytics.

When the redirect is setup at GoDaddy, no SSL certificate is installed on the domain. This results in SSL errors when visiting the domain via HTTPS. redirect.pizza resolves this. Let's get started!

Step 1: Create a redirect.pizza account

Get started today by creating an account: https://redirect.pizza/register.

Step 2: Add your domain to redirect.pizza

Add your domain you wish to redirect. For our example, we have a domain with GoDaddy 'redirect-pizza-example.xyz'. Add the domain to the 'Source URL' field. We recommend adding www & the apex (non-www). 

You see the DNS spinning, and the detected & required values are different.

Step 3: DNS change at GoDaddy

Go to 'Domains' -> find your domain in this list -> go to the detail page -> scroll to the bottom and press 'Manage DNS'. This opens the DNS Management screen. Your screen should look something like this:

As you can see, the pencil icon next to the '@' is not visible. This means that GoDaddy's forwarding is enabled, and GoDaddy doesn't let you change that DNS record. First step we need to take is to disable the GoDaddy forwarding. 

Go to the bottom of the Domain Manager, press on the pencil icon next to forwarding, press the trash icon and confirm this action.

A confirmation message should appear that this is disabled.

The icon after the '@' record should now be visible. If not, you need to refresh the page.

We can now change the DNS. Press the pencil icon next to the '@' record. Change the value of 'Points to' to 89.41.169.49 (see What DNS types can I use?). Press 'Save'. This IP address should then be visible next to the '@' record.

Next up is the 'www' record. By default, a 'www' CNAME is created which points to '@'. This works just fine, but we recommend changing this value to 'a.redirect.pizza'. 

That's everything in the GoDaddy Domain Manager. You can close this tab now. To confirm, it should look something like this:

Step 4: DNS verification in redirect.pizza

The DNS changes have been made! This takes some time before the internet picks up these changes. In most cases, it should be done within a few hours, depending on the TTL set on those records.

redirect.pizza will automatically keep checking the DNS records. If it's detected to be okay, SSL certificates will be automatically requested & installed. 

Closing

That's it! You've succesfully setup redirect.pizza with GoDaddy. The domain now has full HTTPS support and is redirecting via redirect.pizza. 

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GoDaddy: Forwarding with HTTPS support

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