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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Process of automating domain registration?

I have a website where users register domain.com/user/username. I'd like to add a feature where users can search for and purchase a domain name that maps back to that URL. I'm not sure how big of a ...
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Short brandable domain vs. long keyword domain

I need a counsel about my websites' domain. Let's say I have just bought two domains: xyz.com and xyzphotography.com. As we can see, the first one is shorter but way less meaningful than the second ...
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Will registering a .info domain have any SEO impact?

Just to save money as my domain list gets longer, I want to book in advance domains. I want to save money by buying .info domains rather than .com. Will it affect SEO rankings in any way?
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Can I make my IP address look as if it is from another country, not from the US?

The top level domain .md is works as follows: (A) If you are from the US, Canada, or a few other countries, you have to register .md domains through max.md for exorbitant prices, because they figure ...
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What is the best way to redirect my naked domain?

I have example.com, which points to web server using A records, I want to redirect all traffic from www.example.com to example.com. As far as i know these are methods, 301 HTML redirect from www to ...
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How to test the migration of a domain without actually changing the domain?

I have a somewhat complicated situation. We have a blog let's say at myblog.com and it is running fine. However, we now want to cut the budget and use a free hosting service isgreat.org. The service ...
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Registering a .CA domain extension, when I'm not a Canadian citizen?

I want to register a domain name that has a .ca extension, but it's asking me if I am current Canadian citizen. What can happen to me if I lie about it and continue with registration?
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Does a longer registration length/period for a domain name improve its SEO and search ranking?

While I was renewing a domain of mine with a well-known domain registrar, the support person who was on call with me said that I'd improve the SEO ranking of my domain if I increased the registration ...
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CNAME: does a cname change the url that the browser displays?

I have a web site www.somewhere.com and I want the alias fr.somewhere.com. I set up a CNAME record for www.somewhere.com alias fr.somewhere.com. When a user types in http://fr.somewhere.com in their ...
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domain expiration during transfer

What happens to domain expiration during transfer to a different registrar? Currently my domain will expire in 2012. I wonder if it will be affected in any way.
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Multiple sites redirected to one main site

I have a client who insists of having multiple website domains all being redirected to one main website domain. It is getting out of hand and his server has become conveluted and riddled with garbage ...
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What can I do about my domains history?

I have just got my first domain from godaddy.com but looking at web of trust my domain was once owned by a spammer and has a low rating. On web of trust I can ask the community to reevaluate the ...
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Pros and Cons of Buying Common Website Mispellings

I own a website that is nicely short but somewhat easy to misspell. I would like to buy the three or four most common mispellings and redirect them all to my main page. Are there any major problems ...
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Domain transfers - handling the downtime

This is something that has arisen several times and we don't quite know how to handle it, all suggestions are welcome! We have a few different domains with other companies that we want to transfer to ...
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Subdomain versus new domain

I'm adding a blog to a site. Would it be better for SEO to put it at blog.example.com or at www.exampleblog.com? I already own www.exampleblog.com . Would combining the words together to exampleblog ...
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Recommendations on how to auction a domain name

We've a domain name that's okay, though hardly brilliant, that we no longer need. How would you go about auctioning or selling it? Has someone a recommended site where to put it up? I'm assuming ...
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How do I get a .name domain name

There was a service which provided email aliases on .name domain, but it seem to be gone now, so I was thinking of actually getting a domain for myself (martin.toth.name sounds nice). Do I understand ...
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Getting domain & hosting together or separate

some people suggest getting hosting and domain names separate as hosts that bundle domain names with hosting make it difficult to switch hosts. how true is that? i am considering host gator. i see a ...
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Why do some domains have a '/' at the end of the home page URL? [duplicate]

I am wondering why some websites have a / at the end of their URL, but others don't. For example: www.google.com/ but then www.khanacademy.org (No /)
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Can other domain registrars view non-public whois information?

If my domains are hosted at a registrar (lets take Gandi, for example) and it has privacy protection on the whois information, can another ICANN-accredited registrar (GoDaddy, for example) still view ...
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In Google Webmaster Tools we have 3 sitemaps attributed to 1 domain

I have a website that has been on the internet for almost 10 years created in "Microsoft FrontPage" with over 900 pages. Currently in Google Webmaster tools it shows up as 2 domains and 3 sitemaps: ...
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Can a company take my domain away from me?

I have a domain which coincidentally is the same name of a company. Is there any legal way in which this company can take my domain away from me?
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Get all registered country code top-level domain names

Is there a way to get all the registered domain names for .CN or another country code (CC) top-level domain (TLD)? Is there a central registry for such data? If not, how do I go about collecting ...
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Similar domains using my business' content, and stealing SEO results

I've been hired to create a website for a restaurant in my city, let's call it "Flying Dragon" Chinese restaurant. The restaurant has never had a website, though the business itself is about ten years ...
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The name of my startup returns many search engine results - will using it as a domain name cause problems with SEO?

I've come up with a good name for an online service startup that has the .com, .net and .org domain names available for it, and is also available on most social networks that we care about. The bad ...
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Does google contribute ranking from cdn.example.com to example.com?

Background From my understanding, http://mywebsite.com/image.jpg, can help the ranking of http://mywebsite.com in a search engine, such as Google (obviously the search engine of primary concern). ...
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Starting from scratch xxx.yyy.com or www.xxxyyy.com (any SEO difference?)

I know there are lots of answers both here (e.g. this and this) and elsewhere which deal with subdomains and their impact on SEO. However, often the questioners are either asking about subdomain ...
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Is it possible to transfer a domain without a “gap” in Whois privacy protection?

I currently own several domains on which I am using a Whois privacy protection service to hide my personal details. In the near future, I would like to transfer some of these domains to a different ...
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Transfer websites and domains to new server

We have currently around 40 websites and 80+ domains/sub-domains in a shared 1&1 hosting package, and we just acquired a managed dedicated server with 1&1 as well. Now it's time to start ...
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Is it possible fight against domainers?

these days I have looking for a domain for my web application, but I've realized that the 99% of them are bought and of these the 9/10 are from domainer speculators. "Welcome to the real world" maybe ...
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What can be the impact of non-Latin domain zone launch?

Here in Russia we are about to launch a new Cyrillic domain zone, i.e. where you can spell domain names in Cyrillic alphabet instead of Latin. Currently we have a national zone ".ru" which allows only ...
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Should I host my site with the same company I bought a domain from?

I feel like I heard advice once upon a time that one should split these "services" between two companies. I cannot for the life of me figure out why this should be. For example, what would the ...
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Is it possible to use cloudflare without having them managing my DNS?

I need to use cloudflare without having them managing my DNS, My DNS server have much more options that I do need. Instead of setting cloudflare as my dns server, I have added it as a NS record from ...
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Why Google says that “www.domain.com” is different from “domain.com”?

In Google webmasters tool, there is mentioned that www.domain.com is different from domain.com, and the webmaster is asked to get sure that the correct one is in action there to get the reports. Why ...
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What should I look out for when buying a domain name?

(For the purposes of this message, let's assume that my company is named Squirrel Consulting LLC.) I received an email today from someone offering to sell me the squirrelconsulting.com domain name ...
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Any concerns for registering a domain.me if domain.com is already taken?

I'm interested in registering a domain, let's just call it myna.me but myname.com is already taken (but not in use). What might be the concerns of registering a .me if the .com version is already ...
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Multiple top level domains - should I redirect/rewrite or leave them?

I have a website which has many top level domains e.g. mywebsite.com mywebsite.org mywebsite.co.uk mywebsite.org.uk The website is advertised as mywebsite.org.uk. But I expect lots of people will ...
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What are the reasons not to use a .us domain name? [closed]

I have a client considering using a .us domain name. Are there any particular reasons, other than familiarity, not to use a .us name? In this case, the site visitors will likely be mostly non-us based ...
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Nginx Reverse Proxy for Tumblr

I'm currently trying to set up a reverse proxy redirecting a domain to a tumblr blog. I've set up NGinx using this Gist. My nginx configuration looks like so: upstream tumblr { server ...
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Importance of having EDU backlinks

I've built a few links on 50 EDU / GOV websites. 1 of them has PR 8, 3 of them have PR 7, 8 of them PR6,7 of them PR5,12 of them PR4,8 of them PR3, 1 of them PR2, 6 of them PR1, 10 of them PR0. My ...
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Should I preemptively register alternate domain names?

If I register a really good .com domain name, should I also register: alternate spellings mis-spellings hyphenated versions other variations: iExample.com, eExample.com, myExample.com, etc. other ...
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Selling my unused domain 'example.com' to the trademark holder and owner of 'example.net'

I registered a domain example.com many years ago and had intentions of developing it into a social networking site, but then I got busy with other projects. I recently realized that example.net is a ...
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Add domain to VPS

I have a VPS server running Ubuntu 11.04 with webmin installed on it. How can I add my example.com domain to my VPS like the way we do on shared server via web panels such as cPanel and etc?
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When does a .io domain drop and become available once it has expired

There is a .io domain name that has expired and I would like to purchase it. I understand with top level generic domains such as .com .net and .org they have several phases before they actually drop. ...
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Why can't I use two hyphens in positions 3 and 4 of a domain name?

I've come across a rule, that as far as I can tell, all domain registrars share: That you cannot register a domain that has two hyphens in positions 3 and 4 of the desired domain name. Apart from ...
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How can I obtain a domain that is abandoned?

There is a particular domain name that I'm interested in, but when you enter the domain in a browser the browser says "Domain has no index file", which doesn't appear to be a browser message, but a ...
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domain name legal takeover

I was wondering; if I buy a domain name, say www.bananapeel.com. Then after a couple of years my site becomes big with plenty of revenue. Because of this someone decides to trademark the name ...
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When choosing a domain does including your brand affect SEO performance?

I've been asked to build a "landing page" for a local branch of an international corporation. While the corporation has a well-established domain name, the local office wants to use a unique, ...
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How to make Google consider subdomain as part of the main website in SEO?

I have a well ranked website on Google and Bing. In the last few months I've been feeding a blog for my webpage and now I'm trying to rank it on Google and Bing just like I did with my website. ...
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How do I best communicate that my website is shutting down?

I am at a crossroads. I have received an offer for my domain name that I am likely going to accept. It's something that has not been under active development for a long while, but still has some ...