Cloaking


#1

I have a question about cloaking… [July 6, 2016 - 4:30 PM GMT -3, EASTERN BRAZIL TIME]

The facts are the following.

  1. I have several domains hosted at dreamhost. Among them, say, mydomain.com.

  2. I have several blogs HOSTED AT WORDPRESS.COM. Among them, say, myblog.wordpress.com.

What I want is to have “mydomain.com” operate as fully equivalent to “myblog.wordpress.com”.

THIS MEANS:

a) I want to type “http://mydomain.com” in the address line of a browser and have this command take me to “http://myblog.wordpress.com” and I want “mydomain.com” to show on the top of the browser as if it were the real address of the content;

b) I want to type “http://mydomain.com/about” in the address line of a browser and have this command take me to “http://myblog.wordpress.com/about” and I want “mydomain.com/about” to show on the top of the browser as if it were the real address of the content;

c) I want to type “http://mydomain.com/wp-admin” in the address line of a browser and have this command take me to “http://myblog.wordpress.com/wp-admin” and I want “mydomain.com/wp-admin” to show on the top of the browser as if it were the real address of the content.

AND SO ON.

I have tried CLOAKING on the dreamhost “manage domains” option, and “a”, above, works right, but not “b” and “c”.

If, after I am taken to the WordPress blog, I use internal menu items of the blog (like going to a particular post), I go do the post, but on top of the browser nothing is changed to indicate that I am not in any longer in the “Home” page of the blog.

If, after I am taken to the WordPress blog, I simply add “/wp-admin” to the “http://mydomain.com” that shows on top, nothing happens: the browser or WordPress simply cannot handle that.

What should I do to get exactly what I want and need?

THAT IS IT. Thank you.

Eduardo Chaves

If anyone want to reply privately, please use my e-mail chaves@liberal.academy


#2

Wordpress automatically forces your pages to use the domain in the General settings, so you can try this to work around that:

But there is a potentially big issue here in that this will have a negative impact on your Google Pagerank. If you don’t care about it, go for it.


#3

If your blogs are hosted on wordpress.com then you need to check if wordpress.com allows to do this. I believe their Premium plan will allow some parts but not all. As far as I know, you can’t rewrite the URL and domain name on wordpress.com, for example.

Why do you want to do this baffles me… Why are you splitting your content between wordpress.com and dreamhost wordpress?


#4

Cloaking puts another website inside your cloak’s window. The address bar won’t change.


#5

Ok. Thank you. EC
[hr]

Hummm… Regarding your “baffling”… I am not splitting my content. The content is entirely in the WordPress.Com site. What I want is to give a different addresss to the content that eliminates the reference to wordpress.com. If the blog is hosted at myblog.wordpress.com, I want the address to be simply myblog.com, which is (I using this as an example) the domain I host at dreamhost. I don’t have WordPress installed into my area in dreamhost. I just host my domains there.

EC


#6

I was confused by your examples, sorry. I believe you have no other option but to pay for Wordpress Premium packages to have a proper domain mapping to your site… Or host your content on DreamHost services, like DreamPress or somewhere you have access to the webserver, to properly rewrite the URL.


#7

I used to be able to do that at MyDomain. They have something called “stealth domain forwarding”. Dynadot also has it. Here’s how Dynadot explains it:

"What is stealth forwarding?

Stealth forwarding is similar to domain forwarding except the domain name stays in the web browser’s URL bar instead of being replaced by the new page’s URL. This is is why it is called “stealth” forwarding because it appears that the web page displayed is actually part of the domain.

So, say that you have a domain named myexample.org, and you want to use stealth forwarding to have your domain point to http://name.somedomain.com. When you use stealth forwarding, http://www.myexample.org will load the index page located at http://name.somedomain.com, however the http://www.myexample.org address will be displayed in the web browser’s URL bar instead of the http://name.somedomain.com address.

Find out how to set up stealth forwarding. Please be aware there are some drawbacks to using stealth domain forwarding.

Stealth forwarding only affects the domain itself. If you want to set up email forwarding with your domain, that is done separately.

Dynadot provides domain forwarding, stealth forwarding, and email forwarding free of charge when you register or transfer a domain name to us."

(https://www.dynadot.com/community/help/question/whats-stealth-forward)

I’d hate to have to move out from Dreamhost in order to get this feature.

EC


#8

Stealth Forwarding sounds like a proxy. I’d have to say I don’t like the idea on principle. I can hijack someone’s content (vatican.va) and put it into my own domain (wehatepuppies.com).

Regardless, it’s not the proper way to host a website.