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I am currently working on a site in my free time with a few other guys and we are wanting to redirect to our new site,

So we have set to redirect the which is the IP for However, this just says the website is unavailable so it seems as though we need a DNS PTR to redirect to

Is there any way to do this without a DNS PTR? The pointer will cost us $15 and it just seems like there should be some better way to go about doing this.

Any ideas?

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I think you're confused. A PTR record is a reverse DNS entry which resolves an IP address back to a hostname. This is generally used to identify what role an IP address plays or to confirm that an e-mail server is who it says it is.

If you want to direct one domain to another via HTTP, you have a couple of options:

  1. Point the old domain back to the old hosting provider and have them put a Location response header with a 301 status code to point to the new domain name.
  2. Do #1 with your new provider.
  3. Configure your web hosting at the new provider to recognize the old domain name as a virtual host for the new domain and have them run concurrently.

Either way, it will have little to do with DNS specifically and more to do with the web server configuration wherever the DNS is directing the old domain name.

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That makes more sense...thanks for your help. – Windows Ninja Jun 8 '10 at 20:15

You can't redirect DNS PTR records. The PTR record should point back at an A record. You would need this if you had an email server on the IP address. Web Services do not require a PTR record. can be setup as a CNAME for This will result in being directed to the IP address(es) of will go nowhere.

It seems does not have a web server or is using virtual hosting and recognizes that is not It is common to configure web servers on rather than

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Would I setup as a CNAME for with the hosting company for or I assume but I'm not sure. – Windows Ninja Jun 8 '10 at 20:11
The CNAME for is a DNS enntry for You may also want a CNAME for They can both point to the same entry. is then hosting the Internet presence for – BillThor Jun 9 '10 at 15:41

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