Free Domain Forwarding using Cloudflare Page Rule

If you are doing re-branding website over the new domain, you may like to redirect from the old to new URLs. This process is also known as Wildcard Domain Forwarding.

You don’t need a traditional hosting services for domain forwarding purpose.

Using Cloudflare Page rule we can setup redirect from old to new domain.

Cloudflare has 203 Datacenters around the world. That’s a reason, page rule allows faster redirection. Here’s the step by step process for the same.

For example, let’s see how we can redirect gulshankumar.org to gulshankumar.net domain.

Step 1. Login to Cloudflare

  • Enter your email address
  • Enter your password
  • Click the Log in button
login cloudflare

Step 2. Pass two factor authentication


This is an optional step if you are using two-factor authentication for security.

  • Enter OTP code and continue login process.
add your site

Step 3. Add your site in Cloudflare

  • Click on +Add a site button
add a site button

Step 4. Enter old domain name

  • Type your old domain name that you wish to redirect
add a domain in cloudflare

Step 5. Choose Free Plan

cloudflare free plan

Step 6. Update DNS Records

TypeNameContentTTLProxy Status
CNAMEgulshankumar.orgx.gulshankumar.orgAutoProxied
CNAMEwwwgulshankumar.orgAutoProxied

Step 7. Update Cloudflare Nameservers

  • Go to Domain Registrar
  • Update there as provided by Cloudflare.

Fun fact: It comes with prefix of Male and Female name.

asa.ns.cloudflare.com
marek.ns.cloudflare.com

Step 8. Update Page Rule

To setup domain forwarding –

  • Go to Page Rule menu in Cloudflare and setup as below.
redirect page rule

That’s all.

Redirect should be working perfectly fine. If you’ve any question, drop in comment section.

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