Domains are hostnames that identify Internet Protocol (IP) resources such as web sites. They provide a human-friendly, easily recognizable and memorizable names to numerically addressed Internet resources.

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Providing fake info during domain registration - does it matter?

As you are all most likely aware already all domain registrars ask for your personal information. Such personal information includes: Forename and surname Address information Email address ...
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How hard is to be the anonymous owner of a website?

I'd like to create a website with a very radical political message. It won't be unethical (encouraging violence, etc) but I feel the points I plan to list in it will definitely make me a lot of ...
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Should I include “www” in my canonical URLs? What are the pros and cons?

What are the pros and cons of having http://www.example.com/ vs http://example.com/? For example a problem I'm aware of is that if I use a domain without www I can't set a cookie for the current ...
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Who is a great domain registrar company? [closed]

I have used numerous domain registrars in the past, including Godaddy, 1&1, Host Monster, IX web Hosting, the list goes on. (not talking about hosting) I currently use GoDaddy, however, I'm not ...
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How do I rename a domain and preserve PageRank?

As part of graduating from Area51 and becoming a full fledged site we sometimes change domain names from http://topic.stackexchange.com to http://example.com. Aside from the obvious 301 redirect rules ...
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Will having multiple domains improve my seo?

Lets say I have a domain already, for example www.automobile4u.com (not mine), with a website fully running and all. The title of my "Website" says: <title>Used cars - buy and sell your used ...
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How can I find common misspellings for my domain name?

I'd like to register misspellings for my domain name, but I don't want to speculatively register a zillion "just guessing" forms. For example, this tool offers the following options in a Keyword Typo ...
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Should I set up standard email accounts? What are they?

A long time ago one used to be able to count on domains having addresses like webmaster@example.com, postmaster@example.com, or abuse@example.com ... is this convention dead? Note: I always try to ...
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Why isn't a newly purchased domain showing up in Google searches?

The domain ... http://trello.com ... was purchased a few months ago and is now live as of a week or so ago -- and has been linked from several prominent places on the web -- but searching for the ...
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Is it better to put hyphens in a domain name?

Both in terms of SEO and user friendliness, is it better to put hyphens in a multi-words domain name or not ? For example, is www.stackoverflow.com better than www.stack-overflow.com ?
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Using multiple A-records for my domain - do web browsers ever try more than one?

If I add multiple A-records for my domain, they are returned in a round robin order by DNS servers. Example: 1.1.1.1 A example.com 1.1.1.2 A example.com 1.1.1.3 A example.com But how does web ...
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What are the steps to ensure that if you die, your hosting & domain will live on?

Assuming you are micro independent software vendor (MISV) or one man web shop (OMWS), how do you reduce your Bus Factor? In my specific case, I'm supporting a few websites that takes me a few ...
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Registrar with good security, DNS hosting, and DNSSEC and IPv6 resolvers?

I'm looking to move my domains away from GoDaddy, but I'm having a tough time finding anyone with comparable features at a (even remotely) similar price. I've looked at the usual suggestions ...
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Where can I safetly search domain whois without worrying about the search engine parking on the domain immediately after the search?

There are a lot of companies that provide domain whois but I've heard of a lot of people who had bad experiences where the domain was bought soon after the whois search and the price was increased ...
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SEO + international sites? country.domain.com or domain.country?

is it better to have seperate country specific domains (which costs more money) or subdomains which define the country, for better SEO? eg. stackoverflow.com stackoverflow.com.au ...
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Should I have both example.com and www.example.com?

I used to have a website which could be addressed by both example.com and www.example.com leading to the same page. Now, I moved to another server and only the example.com works. I got an email from ...
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How do I set up a cookie-less domain?

I've read that it's best to serve static content (css, javascript, etc.) from a cookie-less domain or subdomain for better performance. I assume a domain is not cookie-less by default. How do I ...
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What is the safest way to search for domain names availability?

I am victim of Domain name front running. I searched for domain names on some sites & I lost those names soon. Now, what is the safest way to search for availability of domain names ? Using ...
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Purchasing a Domain from a Domain Squatter

A few years ago, I purchased a .org domain. Presumably, the .com version was taken by a domain squatter because it was registered the day after I registered it and it only hosts one of those typical ...
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Does it matter that our website can't be found without the www?

If you try and go to our website without typing the www. You get a page not found error. In my case it goes to a Yahoo 404 page where the website you typed is not even shown in the search results. ...
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Can a registrar ransom a domain name which has become popular?

I am slightly paranoid about my domain name I have. I think the site I am building could have potential and take off in the future. I am worried though if the people I registered the domain name with ...
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Are there any technical issues with having an 'internationalized' domain name?

In my language there are numerous characters that are not allowed in the standard domain name. However, most of these can be easily replaced with safe equivalents (mostly dropping accents í becomes i ...
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Should I use a domain name registrar's free DNS hosting, or host DNS servers with another company?

Should I use my domain name registrar's free DNS hosting service, or host DNS servers with another company? (or both?) What are some advantages to using a DNS hosting company separate from the domain ...
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Are there any downsides to starting a domain name with a digit?

In response to my domain name suggestion on meta, Kris said: Something about having a domain name begin with a digit just feels ... off to me. Does it affect site ranks on search engines? Do ...
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Purchasing domains from “unstable” country TLDs

Is there any risk associated with purchasing a domain with a TLD for a politically unstable or authoritarian country? ex, if I purchase a .ly domain and there is a dramatic political change in Libya, ...
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When should I not use .com as a generic top-level domain? (.com vs .net, .org, etc.)

I've noticed .com is the standard top-level domain, but when should I not use .com? What are the most common alternatives? If someone has foo.com registered, should I choose a different domain or ...
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What is the advantage to hosting static resources on a separate domain?

I notice a lot of sites host their resources on a separate domain from the main site, e.g. StackExchange using sstatic.net, Barnes & Noble using imagesbn.com, etc. I understand that there are ...
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Interesting domain name fraud - can we get domain back from the fraudster?

I am the author of a quite popular weather software - YoWindow. Our website is http://yowindow.com Today I have found out that some person has registered http://yowindows.com domain, the difference ...
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How can I make sure my website will be available during a presentation?

I have an online presentation to do next week and I have it all ready to go. The website is HTML and CSS only (no DB), and currently resides on my shared hosting account. Now, although my shared ...
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Somebody registered a global top level domain and pointed it to my site, should I be concerned?

A friend runs a website with a name like "BlackAndBlueToday.com" (not real name). Recently, she received an email that read like this: "We recently registered the domain name BlackAndBlue.Today then ...
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Why should I use a subdomain structure over a directory structure?

I want to do blog.mysite.com but i know it will negatively impact my PR with Google. When is it preferable to structure your site like that vs mysite.com/blog? Is it only for the benefit of PR?
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Maximum domain name length

Out of curiosity, does anyone know what's the maximum length (in characters) for a domain name? Let's exclude the http://www. I know the maximum length of an url is about 2000 chars. But here I'm ...
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How to transfer domain ownership from one organization (or individual) to another?

What's the general process to transfer domain ownership from one organization (or individual) to another? Is there a good reference on doing this? Note: I'm not referring to moving a domain from one ...
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Choosing which domain to secure

We've got a website that is served on both www.example.com and just example.com - we've never done any sort of forcing users from one domain to the other, so if they land on example.com then that's ...
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How to back order domain

It seems that information on the topic is a bit sparse in the wild. How do you go about back ordering a domain? If you do find a service that will do it for you, does the current owner of the domain ...
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How to seamlessly transfer a domain (avoid downtime because the previous registrar's nameservers stopped serving DNS records)

I just transferred a domain from GoDaddy to NameCheap.com. There was a period of downtime until I configured the proper settings at NameCheap. During this downtime browsers returned a 408 Request ...
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Why do we have to pay for a domain name?

The question may sound stupid but I find it very difficult to understand that why do we have to pay for a domain name if the web is free? And who do I pay? Why do I have to pay for a domain name?
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Is it possible to find all subdomains for a certain domain?

a client of mine is currently hosting a web-project on one of his servers with some sub domains for previews, testing etc. Those are really hard to guess sub domains like: ...
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How do I register a domain name, but keep who I am secret?

Over the years I've seen a number of owner proxy services, but have never used one, and have no idea if they work; or for that matter if there's any legal risk to using them, such as making easier to ...
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Which TLD would be suited to a personal site?

I'm planning what is essentially a "business card" website for myself, and have been looking at domains. My primary site (a .com) is for my blog and portfolio and the like, but I want a separate site ...
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Advantages of country TLD vs. .com

I want to get a domain for my site. The site's topic would be about Vienna, but the content will be in English. I was thinking, if I should get .com domain or .at domain. .at is both much cheaper ...
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Subdomains vs. subdirectory – status as of 2012.

This following question by Jeff was in 2010 and I wanted to check how things have changed in the past 2 years. My problem: I run a site with most of the content distributed to subdomains that’s are ...
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How does Amazon.com renew or buy its domain names?

It's hard to believe that Amazon goes to a site like Godaddy.com to buy or renew domain names. Do they use registrars? If not, how do they buy & renew domains?
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using multiple sitemaps in a domain

I have a domain http://sub.example.com/. In it there is a wordpress blog at http://sub.example.com/blog and other more static content at http://sub.example.com/other, http://sub.example.com/stuff, ...
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How many domains to split components across?

I understand how splitting components across domains can maximize parallel downloads, and enable you to have cookie-free static content domains, but since there's a time cost for each domain lookup ...
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Is it a bad idea to use a domain hack for my personal website name?

I want to create a personal webpage for info about myself (potentially for employment or other contact purposes), but the .com extension for my intended name is already taken. The name I want ends in ...
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Domain or Subdomain: does the choice affect traffic?

If I run a blog or something in my subdomain like www.sub.name.net is it going to have any decreasing affect like decrease traffic through search engines or low ranking through on engines?
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How can I hide whois information?

Is it possible to hide ownership of a domain, so i won't show up on whois searches for domains I own, even if you know where to look?
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What would happen to my domains if my domain provider company bankrupted

I am thinking to transfer all my domains to one registerer so that the control will be easy. But I am a little bit worried about the following question: what would happen to my domains if my domain ...
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What's the difference between cheap and expensive domain registrars?

A few years ago I registered a domain with Network Solutions. In recent years I've been using cheaper services such as namecheap, powerpipe etc. Every time that I need to renew some of the older ...