Plesk: Domain forwarding/redirect

Redirecting a domain to another domain or a specific url can be performed in the Plesk control panel. It is important to know what kind of redirecting/forwarding you want to set up. Below describe the following different options:

  • Alias: Forwarding from domain A to domain B, where domain A and B are both on the same Web Hosting Package. This does not count toward the domain limit with your Web Hosting Plan.
  • .htaccess: Forwarding from domain A to domain B, where domain B must point to a specific page or domain B is not on the same Web hosting package. This does count toward the domain limit on your Web hosting package.

Login on Plesk Control Panel

  1. In My Cloud86 (link), click in the left menu on My Services.
  2. Click the 3 dots behind the web hosting package you want to see in Plesk and click View Details.
  3. Under the heading Manage Webhosting (middle of the page), click on Websites & Domains.
  4. You will now be automatically logged into the Plesk Control Panel.

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Alias forwarding

For this, you can use the guide: Plesk: Adding subdomain or domain aliases.

.htaccess/url forwarding

Forwarding from one domain to another domain is done here in two steps, first we add the domain in Plesk, then we are going to create an additional file that tells the domain to point to another url. In this example we are using the example domain which should point to the (external) website Always replace the cloud86example domains with your own.

  1. Add your domain in Plesk as Website hosting, see our guide: Plesk: Adding extra domain (website).
  2. After adding the domain in Plesk, go to Files in the left menu.
  3. Click on the folder name of the domain you added in Step 1. In our example, this is
  4. Add a new file named .htaccess (the dot goes with the file name) by clicking the blue + icon and then Create File.
  5. Enter the file name .htaccess (the dot is part of the file name) and click OK.
  6. Click on the .htaccess file you just created and add the lines below and click Save.

Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine on
RewriteRule (.*) [R=301,L]

Note: the section above is an example, always replace it with the domain/url you want to forward to.

The entire domain is now redirected to the desired URL or domain. The SSL certificate for the domain is automatically requested by us, but you can also request it manually by using How to request a free SSL certificate?

If you need some help, you can always reach our support desk by email and on weekdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm you can also reach us by phone and via the chat in My Cloud86.