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The problem is as follows: We already have registered domain name (example.com.hr) via a Croatian domain name provider.

During the web hosting registration process, the registrar doesn't offer a field where I can input my own domain name, and basically forces me to register a .com domain name.

Is there a way to redirect from the primary domain to a parked domain, or somehow register with Google and instruct them to absolutely ignore my primary domain to avoid any bad ranking issues?

I guess I can do a redirect with PHP headers since I'll have WordPress installed, but I'm not sure how this affects SEO.

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You can redirect using the following

  • Forward the domain from the registrar
  • Create a CNAME record
  • Meta refresh
  • 301 redirect

I would not redirect using PHP you can redirect much sooner than before the visitors get to your application on the .com

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Yes, you can tell Google which is your preferred domain name for a site that's served under multiple domains: http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=44231

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I think this is just to chose between with www and without www domain name. – Jinx Mar 17 '12 at 21:51

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