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Old 20 April 2006, 19:23   #1
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Question for the Internet Pro's

looking at getting a .com domain name registered for my photo work.
Not sure how it works though
If I have existing web space with my present ISP. can the new .com name be configered to that URL ?
Didnt know if you had to go with the same web hosting service who set up your .com name.

Basically when people enter the new .com name ,I want it to direct to my already established web site.

Hope I explained that right

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Old 20 April 2006, 19:34   #2
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yeah, it can be done.. You just need to upload the following as the index.html on your new site..

<head>
<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0;url=http://whatever_your_established_webspace_is.com">
</head>

The timer is the 0..
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Old 20 April 2006, 20:38   #3
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Tony,
thanks (I think
Maybe the .com seller will give that service also
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I buy my domain names through www.easily.co.uk. It is easy to set up web-forwarding, which is what you require, with Easily.

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Old 21 April 2006, 05:25   #5
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Dal

Have you thought about www.pbase.com

I know its not what you asked but it works very well.

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The best method of doing a redirect is to use php (if your web host supports it)

php will send only the http header and will redirect the client without having to load a page like the example above.

This is also the most search engine friendly way to do it and will prevent incurring any google penalties for duplicate content.

simply create a file called "index.php" and place it in the root of your new domain.

the content of the file should be this :-

PHP Code:
<? 
header
("HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently");
header("location: http://www.rib.net");
?>
Or this :-

PHP Code:
<? 
header
("HTTP/1.1 307 Temporary Redirect");
header("location: http://www.rib.net");
?>
Obviously change the location to your web page.

Use the first example for a permanent re-direct - this will have the effect of telling search engines that the page has moved permanently and that they should stop attempting to index this address. The second example will tell the search engine that the page is temporarily located at the alternate address and that they should periodically check back here to see if it has changed. This is useful if you plan to host an alternative site at any time in the future.

If your hosting package does not support php - you cannot use this method.

I would suggest http://www.supanames.com as the best place to get hosting from - they operate a pretty much self service type arrangement that really keeps costs down and means you can make any changes or upgrades that you need yourself from an online control panel.
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You shouldn't have to do a redirect - this is inconvenient as you have two sites to maintain.

Your .com registrar should have an FAQ on how to use their own redirect, and your ISP should have an FAQ on the absolute path to your web space. use the second bit of info with the method in the first, and they do all the work for you. That's the magic of DNS!
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Do NOT forward 2 domain names to the same website with DNS !!!

Having two separate addresses pointing at the same website - will cause you to be penalised heavily by google (or even deleted from the index completely) for duplicate content.

Re-directing with http headers is the correct way to preserve your position in the search engines.

It also gives you the flexibility to put a different site on the new domain if at a later date your needs change.

Its not really having two sites to maintain - its one site and a single file on the other that you never need to touch.
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Hello Dal,

Since you're already with cox.net, it may be worth asking them what they charge to register and host a domain for you - if they can do that without too much expense, it'd then be worth asking them if they can set up your domain to point directly at your pages on their servers. This way you get away without any redirect or any other webpage forwarding system.

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I suspect the previous responses MAY be making things more complicated than necessary. It sounds like you don't have a site to use a redirect on. Go to www.godaddy.com (or another registrar) and buy your domain name. You then need to point that domain name to your ISP's servers, on the admin page of the registrar (GoDaddy). Your ISP will be able to help you with this, it's typically something like NS1.ISP.COM and NS2.ISP.COM or the like. Then your ISP has to do some setup to point the domain to your site.

It may not work this way if you're using a "residential" ISP like Comcast or Verizon, with their included free web hosting space. In that case, it's probably worthwhile thinking about transferring your site to a different host. They're a dime a dozen, typically <$5-$6 USD/month for what I might expect your needs to be if you prepay for 1 year. You'll also get 20+ email addresses at yourdomain.com. I just checked GoDaddy's hosting Here. , $3.59/month on a 12 month pre-pay for a small site without tons of traffic, 500 email addresses and domain name for $1.99. The alternative is to have a registrar set up a pointer for you to redirect your domain to the free web host address. Register.com provides this service for $49/year. It's cheaper to copy the files over and host the site properly...
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