- Log into your CloudFlare account.
- From the dropdown menu on the top left, select your domain.
- Click the Page Rules app in the top menu.
- When adding a new page rule, enable Forwarding.
- Enter the destination URL and select the forwarding type.
Example forwarding to Google+:
Imagine you have a Google+ profile and you want to make it easy for anyone coming to get to simply by going to a URL like:
This pattern will match:
It will not match:
http://www.example.com/blog/+ [extra directory before the +]
http://www.example.com+ [no trailing slash]
Once you have created the pattern that matches what you want, click the Forwarding toggle. That exposes a field where you can enter the address I want requests forwarded to.
If I enter that in the forwarding box and click the Add Rule button within a few seconds any requests that match the pattern I entered will automatically be forwarded with a 302 Redirect to the new URL.
Advanced forwarding options:
If you use a basic redirect, such as forwarding the root domain to www.yourdomain.com, then you lose anything else in the URL. For example, you could setup the pattern:
And have it forward to:
But then if someone entered:
Then they'd be redirected to:
Not where you'd want them to go:
The solution is to use variables. Each wildcard corresponds to a variable when can be referenced in the forwarding address. The variables are represented by a $ followed by a number. To refer to the first wildcard you'd use $1, to refer to the second wildcard you'd use $2, and so on. To fix the forwarding from the root to www in the above example, you could use the same pattern:
You'd then setup the following URL for traffic to forward to:
In this case, if someone went to:
They'd be redirected to:
NOTE: Traffic must be passing through CloudFlare for Page Rules to work, if you are using CloudFlare for DNS only then Page Rules will not be active.