question about domain name forwarding/masking

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If i use a domain name forwarding and masking service... will it mask it once the user is in the site?

ex.
I create a domain name http://www.reallycoolname.com
to forwarded and masked to http://www.blahwhatacrappyname1299.com


if I'm in http://www.reallycoolname.com and i click on a link for say "order"

will the url show as http://www.reallycoolname.com/order.html

or

http://www.blahwhatacrappyname1299.com/order.html?



what if someone just types in
http://www.reallycoolname.com/order.html ... would that work?


Ive been doing some research and there are SO many sites, and many are not organized very well and its hard to find clear information, so I thought i'd ask here.
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Domain alias's can work and work well - however, you need to consider what redirects are written into the coding of the site...

if you use a proper alias - it will work as you require above - however - if someone goes to http://www.abc.com (alias for http://www.xyz.com) then clicks on a link thats coded for http://www.xyz.com - the alias will be lost...

Not sure this answers your question - but - hopefully it stears you in the right direction...
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susancbk wrote:
If i use a domain name forwarding and masking service... will it mask it once the user is in the site?

ex.
I create a domain name http://www.reallycoolname.com
to forwarded and masked to http://www.blahwhatacrappyname1299.com


if I'm in http://www.reallycoolname.com and i click on a link for say "order"

will the url show as http://www.reallycoolname.com/order.html

or

http://www.blahwhatacrappyname1299.com/order.html?



what if someone just types in
http://www.reallycoolname.com/order.html ... would that work?


Ive been doing some research and there are SO many sites, and many are not organized very well and its hard to find clear information, so I thought i'd ask here.


Domain name forwarding and masking are two different things.

(Using your examples)

Domain forwarding: Someone clicks http://www.reallycoolname.com and it takes them to http://www.blahwhatacrappyname1299.com this is the address they will see in the address bar.

Domain masking: Forwards the URL and masks it in the address bar, on IE the original URL will show up in the status bar as the page is loading and disapear once it has loaded into the browser.

The only thing with this is that every link clicked within the website will keep the domain URL http://www.reallycoolname.com in the address bar for the duration of the users stay on the site, no matter what URL they click.

So even if the actual page name is http://www.blahwhatacrappyname1299.com/order.html the URL will not change from http://www.reallycoolname.com

As far as I'm aware you cannot make the URL change to http://www.reallycoolname.com/order.html

The only other problem with using domain masking is any external URL's you link to within your site will need to be opened in a new window or these too will open with the URL http://www.reallycoolname.com still in the address bar which can confuse people.


Hope this makes sense!
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there's no way/script to get around this last problem?
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Which problem in particular? :)
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sorry ! -

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The only other problem with using domain masking is any external URL's you link to within your site will need to be opened in a new window or these too will open with the URL http://www.reallycoolname.com still in the address bar which can confuse people.
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Yep you can use a tag like this when you link to an external site

Code: [ Select ]
<a target="_blank" href="http://www.addresshere.com">Address Link</a>
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I meant is there a code to get around it showing your address without opening a new window?
I try to avoid popups at all costs.
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Not to my knowledge there isn't.

Maybe someone else will have more of an idea on that.
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Hi Musik and Everyone,

I need some help here. Let's say I want to forward http://www.test.com to http://www.yahoo.com. Other than that, I also want to mask the domain, meaning that the url shows http://www.test.com instead of http://www.yahoo.com

How do I do that? Is there some kind of script that can do this?
Help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
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Yes actually. If you own both domain names, you simply add them both to the same DNS zone file, making the 'reallycoolname' the primary.
In other words in the zone file for the domain;
Code: [ Select ]
zone "reallycoolname.com" in {
    type master;
    file "/path/to/db.website.com";
};
zone "notsocoolname.net" in {
    type master;
    file "/path/to/db.website.com";
};
  1. zone "reallycoolname.com" in {
  2.     type master;
  3.     file "/path/to/db.website.com";
  4. };
  5. zone "notsocoolname.net" in {
  6.     type master;
  7.     file "/path/to/db.website.com";
  8. };


Of course your db file remains the same.

The the webserver is set to answer as reallycoolname.com.

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