I have the following case... I have two websites, two domains on two different hostings. I want to redirect the old domain to my new wordpress website, which uses a new domain and new urls for the pages and is on new hosting.

What is the best way to do this? My thoughts are I have two options: 1. I transfer the domain to the new hosting, making the redirects there. 2. I leave the old domain on the old hosting, making the redirects there. In that case I should keep paying for the old hosting or the redirects would be gone.

Am I missing something? Can you please let me know what's the best scenario here?

Thanks in advance!


This isn't really a WP question and it'll likely get closed...anyway...your registrar should allow you to do an immediate redirect (called domain forwarding), which will take care if it via DNS. So, keep the domain but shut off the hosting service since you don't need it.


The domain forwarding is a simple HTTP 301 response the registrar provides. You'd need a second redirect at the new domain to get the incoming page to land where you want it to. So for example:

Incoming:  www.olddomain.com/some-special-page
Registrar 301:  www.newdomain.com/some-special-page

Now, at newdomain:  Redirect 301 /some-special-page /my-new-page

Google does not penalize for 301 redirects so I would always try to do it via .htaccess. If the plugin claims it's "SEO safe" and it is re-writing the response header then that's probably ok, too.

  • It is also kind of Wordpress question because my next question is can I do the redirects for the pages (since they have different urls) using the Seo Redirection plugin (after the domain is forwarded) or should I use htaccess?
    – kpeu3e
    Dec 1 '16 at 6:08
  • any thoughts on this? Would the SEO redirection plugin be able to handle the redirects after I forward the domain?
    – kpeu3e
    Dec 1 '16 at 10:03
  • updated answer...
    – C C
    Dec 1 '16 at 13:47

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