A couple questions about domain registration
Posted 05 December 2011 - 09:39 PM
Do you have a recommended way of having multiple domains point to one site? Would adding rewrite instructions to htaccess be the best method?
Posted 06 December 2011 - 06:55 AM
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Multiple domains pointing to one site? Yes. Many domain name registrars--Namecheap included--have what is called "URL forwarding" (or "URL directing"). If you have two domains, such as domain1.com and domain2.com, you can forward (redirect) domain2.com to domain1.com. If a visitor types in domain2.com, they will automatically be redirected to domain1.com.
If you want multiple domains hosting the exact same content, you can do that, too. You could use a simple rewrite directive using htaccess to rewrite requests for domain2.com to point to domain1.com's folder. So if someone types in domain2.com, your server will then show then domain1.com's content. If someone types in domain1.com, they will also see domain1.com's content. That will give you multiple domain names showing the exact same site. It's pretty easy to do this.
If you do that, the search engines will typically eliminate one site from the search engine rankings in their duplicate content filtering. There will be no SEO advantage.
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