Knowledgebase: DNS and Domain
What are domain name pointers and domain name aliases? Do you support them?
Posted by Support, Last modified by Support on 31 July 2009 02:53 PM
A Domain Name Pointer is a Domain Name that redirects a one domain name to another domain name, so that your site could have two names, for instance - aiso.net and aiso.org. The domain redirects the user & does not stay in the users browser. So if the domain pointer is aiso.org and the user enters aiso.org into their browser, their browser would get 301 redirected to aiso.net and aiso.org would not be seen in their browser anymore.

A Domain Name Alias is where the domain name that is aliases serves up the files from another domain name. The domain name that is aliased stays in the users browser and the user never sees the domain name that its pulling files from. The domain alias works in this fashion: when you type in the domain name aliases domain xyz.com which points to the main web hosting account domain abc.com, the domain URL in the browser remains xyz.com but the files you see are coming from abc.com/xyz, or if you choose abc.com. The user doesn't see abc.com they see xyz.com within their browser. Or you can have a sub-domain of xzy.abc.com and the files will be pulled from abc.com/xyz but appear in the browser as xyz.abc.com

You can purchase a domain name pointer or domain name alias in your control panel or you can request them for a modest fee, by simply e-mailing our support department, or submitting a ticket via this ticket system. Can't decide on a domain name? Use more than one! It does not require a new account. Domain pointers are useful for providing multiple identities for your Web site, and is relatively inexpensive.
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