A domain name alias is a registered domain name that points to another domain. Many companies choose to register several different domains, typically variations of the same domain name, and have them all point to the same central Web site.
For example, if your main website was www.example.com, you could also set up a domain alias using www.example1.com. When someone types in www.example1.com, they would be directed to your main website, but they would still see www.example1.com in their browser address bar. A domain alias preserves the original address that a person types in.
Registering multiple domain names for the same site not only brings the largest draw to your site but it also can prevent competitors from poaching your potential customers.
When choosing multiple domain names-or aliases-for the same site, consider variations of your name such as common misspellings as well as both singular and plural versions of the same name.
To set up a domain name alias:
- Sign in to SiteControl.
- Go to Manage Services tab.
- Go to Website section.
- Scroll down, find and click the Domain Alias link. You can also click Domain Alias in the left navigation panel in SiteControl.
- Select the proper domain name from the Currently Managing drop-down menu.
- The Domain Alias Summary page displays any existing domain name aliases that have already been set up for your domain. (If any)
- Click Create to display the Create Domain Alias page.
- Enter the name of the domain you want to use as an alias. Do not include the "www" prefix.
- Click Create Now.
- A Request(s) Successfully Received message appears.
Note: In case you are exceeding the number of Free Domain Aliases included in your plan, you will be prompted to authorized the request by clicking on Purchase Now.
- Your new domain name alias will appear on the Domain Name Alias summary page.
Difference between Domain Forwarding and Domain Alias:
- Domain Forwarding displays the destination domain name in the browser URL address bar. Domain Alias, however, will display the alias domain name and not the destination domain name in the address bar.
- The variety of redirecting methods have different HTTP statuses and their effect on the SEO (Search engine optimization) of the website.
- Domain Forwarding Location: HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently (recommended for SEO)
- Domain Forwarding Frame: HTTP/1.1 200 OK
- Domain Alias: HTTP/1.1 200 OK