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Mirror or redirect? which one?
03-08-2011, 10:55 AM
Post: #1
Mirror or redirect? which one?
I am new to website creation and helping out a friend. He wants to have several domain names all point to one website. My questions:
- do I have to pay for hosting for every domain name?
- how can I most easily set this up? I will have a site like http://www.actualdomain.com with the content and http://www.pseudodomain1.com, http://www.pseudodomain2.com, etc. pointing to http://www.actualdomain.com.
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03-08-2011, 02:32 PM
Post: #2
RE: Mirror or redirect? which one?
On Dreamhost you can host all in one account, paying for one hosting only. You have to pay registration for each domain.

I can't figure out why you want several domains to point to one website - will they show the same content? And if yes: why? Anyway, if this is the case, you should make a redirect, mainly for search engines. If you mirror the websites, the search engines will think of your content as duplicate content on more than one domain. This is generally considered bad.

If you have different content on the domains, you could consider just using normal hosting for each domain.
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03-08-2011, 04:12 PM
Post: #3
RE: Mirror or redirect? which one?
My friend can't decide which domain name will work best as his business evolves, so he wants to register a few domains but only pay for one hosting.

Is a redirect the same as a forward?? thanks
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03-08-2011, 04:51 PM
Post: #4
RE: Mirror or redirect? which one?
Quote:Is a redirect the same as a forward?? thanks
Yep. We typically use the term "redirect" when referring to web sites and "forward" when referring to email, but the principle is the same: when you type in the address of the redirect, you automatically get sent on to the target, and the address in the URL bar changes to the target.

If you don't already own all the domain names you want to host, you'll need to register them first. There's no additional charge for hosting them once that's done, though.
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