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I have a hosting package that is hosted at Strato and a .eu domain that was registered via Strato as well. However, I want to use one of the new Top-Level-Domains for the website on my Strato-webspace. Unfortunately, the company that holds the rights to the TLD I want to use only accepts certain ICANN-certified registrars like GoDaddy.

So the problem is, I have a webspace hosted at Strato and want a domain that I can't register via Strato. So my plan is to register the new domain and redirect it using a 301 HTTP redirect, so that visitors will still see the new domain in their browser.

Is this approach advisable? Both performance and SEO-wise? If not, is there a better way? Also, which domain will show up in Google: the new gTLD domain or the .eu domain?

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  • I am not sure what the problem is using GoDaddy?? They are one of the largest, most popular, and most reliable registrars in the world. – closetnoc Jan 18 '15 at 23:39
  • It's not a problem, rather a technical question about pointing a domain registered via GoDadddy to a webspace hosted at Strato, as well as the implications for the questions above – MoritzLost Jan 18 '15 at 23:43
  • I am assuming that you have the .eu domain and you want something like a .com. Using that as an example, the .com has a larger penetration in the search engines than .eu. Personally, I would chose one over the other. If you think that .eu is more valuable then go for that. If you think the .com is more valuable then go for that. You can have both. You would just be redirecting one to the other. Does this sound like your scenario?? And if so, what would be your preference- .eu or .<whatever you actually have in mind>?? – closetnoc Jan 18 '15 at 23:52
  • You don't have to assume if you read the question °v° I meant one of the new gTLD domains that become available at the moment, .world, to be exact. However, I am not sure if the 301 redirect is a good permanent solution, since even though the visitors would see the .world domain in their browsers, they would technically be forwarded to the .eu domain. So I'm asking if the 301 redirect is a feasible approach when I'm planning on using the .world domain permanently instead of the .eu domain. Also, (tbc) – MoritzLost Jan 18 '15 at 23:58
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    Anytime!! I am here everyday if you need me. This may help if you need to change hosts: web-hosting-review.toptenreviews.com – closetnoc Jan 19 '15 at 2:47
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All one needs to do is to create an A record in their DNS to point a registered domain to a web binding at a host.

301 and 302 redirects would infer pointing the register's URI to a web hosting service then redirecting the traffic to an entirely new web hosting service.

To answer your question about SEO / speed, you're essentially doubling your First-Packet response time and including two DNS lookups by redirecting the first domain to the second one...not a good idea.

301 and 302 redirects should only be used to redirect old URI traffic to a new source location on the same web host once the site is already established. An example would be if you moved a popular article from example.com?popular=thing to example.com/popular/thing so one does not lose the old traffic and backlinks from other sites.

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Instead of changing nameservers of domain lets say abc.com point the A record in your domain panel to your hosting provider and o redirection is required

Any redirect will definitely affect your seo ranking

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  • Thanks, but unfortunately, my hoster doesn't allow that. +1 for the alternative approach though! – MoritzLost Jan 29 '15 at 15:04

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