NS1: Forwarding with HTTPS support

NS1 provides basic support for forwarding your domain. Unfortunately it's missing important features like HTTPS & Analytics.

When the redirect is setup at NS1, no SSL certificate is installed on the domain. This results in SSL errors when visiting the domain via HTTPS.

redirect.pizza automatically installs & manages a SSL certificate and makes sure it never expires. 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 NS1 'redirect-pizza-forward.xyz'. Add the domain to the 'Source URL' field. We recommend adding www & the apex (non-www). 

NS1 create redirect

You see the DNS 'checking' as the detected & required values are different.

NS1 DNS not pointed

Step 3: Navigate to NS1

To allow redirecting via redirect.pizza, we need to make a one-time DNS change at NS1. Login with your NS1 credentials. From the menu click on 'DNS'.Changing the DNS

From this screen click on your domain.

NS1 Domain

Step 4: Changing the DNS

We are now ready to change the DNS. 

Before adding the correct DNS records, make sure any existing A record for 'www' and '@' / root are removed. All other records may remain intact.

When you've successfully deleted the records named above, add the following records:

- Record with Type 'A' on root level (leave name field empty) and answer ''
- Record with Type 'CNAME' name 'www' and answer 'edge.redirect.pizza.'

Below are two screenshots of how your records should look like: 

Changed DNS

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 correct, a SSL certificate will be automatically requested & installed. 

NS1 redirect verified


That's it! You've succesfully setup redirect.pizza with NS1. The domain now has full HTTPS support and is redirecting via redirect.pizza. 

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