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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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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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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.com domain registered offshore

I want to register a .com domain, without risking it being seized by America. Articles such as these worry me: http://www.wired.com/2012/03/feds-seize-foreign-sites/ ...
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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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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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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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Are there any .IR registration restrictions for the US?

Are there any restrictions on buying a .ir (IRAN) domain from the US? Would I be violating any laws?
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How do aliases or redirects work?

Is it possible that I set-up a redirect of my store which is located at www.xyz.com/store to store.xyz.com . Do i have to buy a new domain name or is there any other way.
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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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SEO impact on subdomain for full name and obscure ccTLD

There have been a few questions on subdomains and their impact on SEO, mostly in comparison to subfolders. The closest I've found is this question but it still doesn't completely answer my query. ...
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Can someone sue me/take my domain?

I have found a great domain that isn't in use, but the .com and .net domains are already taken. There's nothing on the domains though, it just says they are registered with Network Solutions and are ...
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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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what is the primary domain in godaddy for?

I just bought the deluxe web-hosting service of godaddy and am very confused with the term "primary domain". What is this thing for and can I remove it so I can organize my websites in different ...
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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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How can I buy a domain that has already been registered?

I want to buy a domain name, but it has already been registered and I am unable to find any contact information for the owner on the site. How can I contact the domain's owner to inquire about buying ...
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What are CNAME and A DNS Records?

What are CNAME and A DNS records? What are they used for? What is the difference between the two? Edit: Where does the CNAME record exist? On the server or with the domain registrar?
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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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Is a masked 307 redirect for a domain possible?

I've been asked to create a 307 redirect for a domain, ensuring it is "masked". i.e. keep the original URL in the address bar. There isn't a lot of info available about 307 (as opposed to 301/302) ...
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How bad would it be to use a ccTLD domain on a website targeted to another country?

I'm currently working on a website targeted mainly towards Japan (all content is in Japanese). This website's domain is registered as another country's ccTLD (in this case, Belgium's .be domain) as ...
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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 ...
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How can I use a custom domain with Google App Engine?

I have purchased a domain from GoDaddy and I want to host it using Google App Engine. But when I added it to the app's custom domain, it asked me to sign up for "Google Apps for Business" (it is a ...
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Website where I can browse domain names

I was wondering if there is a website where I can browse trough available domain names. I often create new websites and getting a good name is always a pain. Because when I settle for a good name ...
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How do I check if my site is banned in Saudi Arabia?

I have a website which allows sexuality explicit materials for some reason. Recently, going through Google Analytics I realized that I stopped receiving traffic from Saudi Arabia. I'm very curious to ...
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Domain, Hosting and DNS management on 3 seperate providers - is this possible?

I wanted to know if its possible to do the following: Buy Domain from GoDaddy. Buy Hosting from HostGator. Buy DNS Management from DNS Made Easy.
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Will history of a domain affect rankings for new site?

Bought the domain and initially parked the domain. Google did not rank the domain because it was parked, it has however began to index in the last day or so. My question is will the fact that the site ...
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SEO and multiple domains to same site

I have one website. I have two domain names that I want to point to the same site install. So whether you go to name-one.com or name-two.com you see the exact same site. Now, I can either set up ...
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What does a complete rebrand/focus change do for a domains SEO?

I have a client that launched a webstore a while back and for example, lets say he sold apples on it and the domain was called www.fruit.com The webstore is not doing so well so he has decided to do ...
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Can merging 4 sites into 1 help?

The company I work for has 4 websites. There is a related theme to them (all IT services or web design / development). All have unique content. I am hearing more and more that these need to be ...
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How to register a single character SLD

Most of the major registrars have a 3 character minimum for second-level domains. However, I know that it's possible to register them. (a.cc, o.co) You can even register single character unicode ...
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crossdomain.xml file - is it bad?

I have crossdomain.xml in document root of my site with the following contents: <?xml version="1.0"?> <!DOCTYPE cross-domain-policy SYSTEM ...
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When an add-on domain is created in cPanel it automatically generates a subdomain, why?

When I create an add-on domain in cPanel, a subdomain is automatically created. How does this affect the SEO of the website and does it also affect other websites that are hosted on the same ...
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Does having Abuse and Postmaster Emails help to stop being treated as SPAM?

I read on some blog (I don't remember the URL) that having abuse@mydomain.com and postmaster@mydomian.com in addition to main email help to prevent our mails from being categorized as spam. Is it ...
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How to get a domain with invalid contact details

There's a domain that I want. The registrant details were hidden behind Domain Discreet, which no longer exists, and none of the contact info works, email bounces etc. so I can't approach the owner ...
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Registering single letter domain, selling subdomains? [closed]

I am about to purchase x.yz or a.bc (not those, but same lengths). I want to sell subdomains like rst.x.yz to the public, and would be able to run my own DNS servers for it. Is there a system (iPanel ...
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Would problems arise if a domain was bought as 'name.com' instead of 'www.name.com'

If a website domain name was bought and registered as 'name.com' instead of 'www.name.com' would users still be able to find the site by typing 'www.name.com'?
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E-commerce + CMS: 2 sites or one?

Ok, let's say that a customer already has a CMS managed web site but now wants to sell goods online using an E-commerce platform (Magento in this case). My question is, does it make any difference ...
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Why Is Another Domain Resolving To My IP Address?

I'm not really sure if this is something that I should worry about... I'm currently renting a dedicated server which is hosting a website I've created. The domain of the website was registered with ...
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Alternative to GoDaddy? [closed]

For a number of reasons I'm thinking about slowly moving my domains away from GoDaddy. Unfortunately I don't know of a good alternative, and am looking for a recommendation. To match what I ...
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Is there any issue with using the word Official in a domain name?

I want to grab a new domain name for a site I look after but many of the best word combinations are taken. Is there any legal issue with using the word official in a domain name? For example: ...
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domain with only one or two characters

I came across some sites that have only 2 or even 1 charachter for the domain name like hp.com, u.bb and 9.bb How come? as we know that when registering a domain name we must provide at least 3 ...
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How do I pick a domain name for a C programming website?

I want to make a blog but I am confused by its current domain name. I searched Google for the keywords and found these to be very rich: C programming C language C language tutorials The problem is ...
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Choosing a domain name with joined words is good for SEO?

I am going to choose a domain name for my business. For that I am going to use joined words in my domain name. For example, let's say my keywords are "painting" and "goa" and also that ...
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Is there risk to registering a domain using extension from another country?

I live in the United States. Lets say I want to register a domain name using a domain extension from another country like say for example, Bangladesh (.com.bd). I know that some countries require a ...
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Why/How do expired domain names get bought so quickly?

A relative let my wife's family .com domain name expire. Apart from that being annoying in itself, the domain now redirects to random spam blogs and is owned by someone with almost 5000 other domains ...
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Terminology of the .com, .net etc. of a domain

I was thinking over the month about buying a domain name. While browsing, I found a few domains called .ninja. I looked it up, finding out that the meaning is nothing too serious. I want to search ...