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Use Multiple Domain Names with One Website
Many people purchase multiple domain names when starting their project. This can be a good idea when helping to protect your brand name and get more international exposure by registering a number of country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs). Having a large number of domain names doesn’t mean that you need to have multiple websites. A great website can take months to design, tweak and populate. It would be incredibly frustrating having to go through that process for all the domain names you purchased, even if they are part of the same project and should all be directed to the same website (think sony.eu directing to sony-europe.com).
There are a number of ways to point various domain names to one website. The simplest and most effective way of doing so is using Domainmonster.com web forwarding , which is a free service. There are three options to consider when using web forwarding:
- 1. IP Forwarding
IP forwarding lets you point your domain name to a certain IP address. This is commonly used when you have a dedicated server or Virtual Private Server (VPS) that you use to host your website. These hosting platforms have a dedicated IP address that you can place here to direct your domain names to that address, which contains your website data.
- 2. Framed Web Forwarding
Framed web forwarding is a method of redirecting your domains without the user knowing that they have been redirected. This can be useful if you want to give the impression that the domain name has had a site built specifically for that domain name, or that the site is based in the location of the ccTLD. When a user enters your domain name they are redirected to the content in a ‘frame’. This means that they will still see the original domain name in their browser bar. It also allows you to enter some META data to let search engines know what the site is about.
- 3. Non-Framed Web Forwarding
Non-Framed web forwarding is sometimes called a 301 redirect. This is the simplest, most search engine friendly way to redirect your domain names to a single destination. Using Non-Framed web forwarding tells search engines that your site has permanently moved to a new URL. All you have to do is enter the URL that you want your users to be directed to and they will automatically be redirected to the new site when they access the domain name.
With a number of options on the table you have to consider your reasons for redirecting your domain name. We would normally recommend Non-Framed web forwarding as it is the easiest to set up and the most search engine friendly. However there are plenty of circumstances where IP forwarding or Framed web forwarding can be more effective. Don’t forget that you can get free web forwarding with any domain registration at Domainmonster.com.