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Questions tagged [domains]

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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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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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: http://...
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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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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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How do I edit/modify a file on a webserver using php file in the same location? [closed]

I have an XML file on my server. In the same directory I have a PHP file which modifies the content of the XML and saves it. In this, the save part doesn't work. In my knowledge the code is alright ...
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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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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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Getting list of all registered domains in particular geographical region

How can I get list of domains registered in a particular geographical region? For instance, I want list of .ke domains in Eastern Africa
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Do Unrelated Sites in Subfolders affect the Ranking of the Main Site?

Does putting an unrelated site in a domain's subfolder (to avoid buying a new domain name) affect the domain's search engine ranking even if there are no links between them? For example, is it a bad ...
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DNS sub-domain registration

Is it possible to register a sub-domain if you don't own the base domain? For example, could I register NickLarsen.random.com if I don't own random.com?
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List of international top-level domains that allow foreign registrations

Wikipedia has a list of top-level domains but few of their entries specify availability or restrictions, such as having to be a citizen or have a business presence, etc. So, what are some top-level ...
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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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AJAX Keyword Suggestion Tool

Are there any JavaScript includes to provide an AJAX based keyword suggestion tool based on some existing text? For instance Yahoo offer a Keyword Extraction Tool but due to cross-domain JavaScript ...
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How to transfer domain from Godaddy to another provider

I'm currently using godaddy for all of my company domains, and I'm very unsatisfied with their service, specially with their site, so we are trying to migrate those domains to another provider. The ...
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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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When should “domain hacks” like del.icio.us be used for most sites?

While it's fine for sites aimed at more advanced, I find a lot of non-technical people tend to just add www and .com to every domain, so for example, my dad would type that in as www.del.icio.us.com. ...
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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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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 you ...
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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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How do you determine the monetary value of an established domain / website?

I have some domains that I've been building for the last few years and now I'd like to sell them. I tried several services (including Sedo) to try and ascertain just how much money each domain was ...
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Should I include “www” in my website's 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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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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How can I detect links which point to domain squatters?

I know how to find dead links which go to 404 pages. However, these days not many links actually go dead, but instead they end up going to a domain squatter. I realise this is a tall order, but is ...
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Domain name registrar which provides an api for registration? [closed]

I am looking for a domain name registrar which provides an api for registration. I want to register domain names programmatically. I don't want registrars which sell packages for resellers or ...
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Mt shared hosting provider has taken hostage my domain name after my registration lapsed, how can I get it back without paying too much?

I have a site that I hosed on a shared hosting plan where the domain was sold along with the site. Long-story-short. The website registration has lapsed and the plan was canceled and now the hosting ...
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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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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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What are the steps for starting a website from scratch?

Starting before design, before coding anything. What steps need to be taken to fully implement a working website? EDIT I mean both from a technical and a non-technical perspective.
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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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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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Domain Transfer Protection - need advice

I am about to purchase a domain name for a bit of money. I do not personally know the person who I am purchasing the domain name from, we have only chatted via email. The proposed process for the ...
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How to force browsers/ISPs to look for my new DNS?

I have changed the DNS for my domain. what code (or header) should I use in my old server to tell the visitor's browser or ISP that it should check for my new DNS and the current content is old? is ...
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International domains - best practices [closed]

I need to create a Russian website with a .ru domain extension. How would I go about this? What are some best practices for doing this?
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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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SEO International Websites usage of sub domains and ccTLD domains

Is it better to have separate country specific domains (which costs more money) or sub domains which define the country, for better SEO? e.g. example.com example.com.au example.co.uk vs example....