How to create a domain pointer in DirectAdmin

How to create a domain pointer in DirectAdmin

Creating a domain pointer in DirectAdmin allows you to point or redirect additional domain names to your primary domain. This is particularly useful if you have multiple domain names that you want to lead to the same website, or if you’re setting up domain aliases for branding or marketing purposes. Here’s how to create a domain pointer in DirectAdmin:

Steps to Create a Domain Pointer in DirectAdmin

1. Log in to DirectAdmin

  • Open your web browser and navigate to your DirectAdmin login page.
  • Enter your username and password to log in to the DirectAdmin control panel.

2. Access Domain Management

  • Once logged in, look for the ‘Domain Management’ section or a similar option. This is typically found under the ‘Account Manager’ category.
  • Click on it to open the domain management area.

3. Navigate to Domain Pointers

  • In the domain management area, look for an option labeled ‘Domain Pointers’, ‘Pointers’, or something similar.
  • Click on this to access the domain pointers section.

4. Add a New Domain Pointer

  • Look for a button or link to add a new domain pointer. This might be labeled ‘Add Domain Pointer’, ‘Create Pointer’, or ‘Add New’.
  • Click on this to proceed to the domain pointer creation form.

5. Enter the Domain Pointer Details

  • Source Domain: Enter the domain name you want to point to your primary domain. This is the new domain name that you wish to redirect.
  • Destination Domain: Select the primary domain to which the new domain should point. This is usually your main website domain.
  • Redirect Type: You may have options for how the redirect functions (e.g., a 301 permanent redirect or a 302 temporary redirect). Choose the one that fits your needs.
  • Options: Depending on your DirectAdmin setup, there might be additional options, like whether to create an alias or whether to redirect with or without ‘www’.

6. Create the Pointer

  • After filling in the details, click the button to create the domain pointer, often labeled ‘Create’, ‘Add’, or similar.
  • DirectAdmin will set up the domain pointer, and the new domain should now redirect to your primary domain.

Important Considerations

  • DNS Settings: Ensure that the DNS settings for your source domain (the new domain you’re pointing) are correctly configured to point to the same server as your primary domain.
  • Propagation Time: DNS changes can take some time to propagate across the internet. It might take anywhere from a few minutes to 48 hours.
  • SSL Certificates: If you’re using HTTPS, make sure you have a valid SSL certificate that covers the new domain pointer.
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO): Be aware of the SEO implications of domain pointers. Using 301 redirects is generally preferred for permanent redirects, as it is more SEO-friendly.


Creating a domain pointer in DirectAdmin is a straightforward process that allows you to redirect additional domains to your primary domain. This feature is particularly useful for consolidating web traffic and ensuring that your visitors reach your website, regardless of which domain they use. Remember to consider the technical and SEO implications of setting up domain pointers to ensure a smooth and effective redirection process.


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