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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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 vs 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 better than ?
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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. Is there any way to find out whether a ...
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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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My 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 hosted 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 has been cancelled and now the ...
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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:,,, 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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How can I ensure that I receive a transferred domain name after sending the money to pay for it?

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. vs example....
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