The DomainHELP experts work in the industry and demystify the byzantine and Kafka-esque world of domain names and DNS.

The difference between a 301 and 302 URL redirect

By , July 7, 2010

I read this article about redirecting domains and also get asked this every once in awhile by customers: what is the difference between a regular “URL Redirect” (basically one done with a “302 Found” header) and a “301 Redirect” (done via a “301 Moved Permanently” header)?

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There is no such thing as an "ICANN Accredited" Reseller

By , June 2, 2010

While looking into a web hosting company the other day I noticed they also had a “domain reseller” business and was surprised to see a pretty official looking ICANN logo that had the words “ICANN Accredited Reseller”. Read more »

The difference between "sunrise" and "landrush" phases of new Top Level Domain rollouts.

By , May 25, 2010

We published a few articles on our company blog about the forthcoming launch of the .CO top level domain, and we made numerous references to the “sunrise” and “landrush” phases without realizing that those phrases are “jargon”. People who don’t live and breathe domains may not actually know what this means!

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A very handy feed validator tool

By , May 11, 2010

I was really scratching my head wondering why I could net get the feed for this website to load into a website aggregator. A quick google on the problem found this post with a similar problem, which led me to…..

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How to link multiple domains to a website

By , April 24, 2010

Nick from the U.K asks:

My company recently purchased a couple domains and we want those to link to our current website. Eg. example.com will transfer to example.co.uk instantly. How can I do this?

Many Thanks,
Nick

This is similar to an earlier post How do I point “www.domain.com” at “domain.com” or vice-versa?, but since we’re going across multiple domains, we should also think about a couple additional issues.

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Emails about: Intellectual property rights Regarding "yourname"

By , April 22, 2010

It is not uncommon to get unsolicited email from some party representing themselves as an overseas trademark or domain registry that has received a request from some local party that they feel may infringe upon your trademark.

You can consider these just a form of marketing email (spam) or a elaborate way to entice you into spending needless funds on “defending your trademark” by registering variations of domain names you already own under various foreign Top-Level-Domains. Read more »

Steps involved in a .COM, .NET or .ORG domain transfer (and now .CA as well)

By , April 22, 2010

(These steps in transferring a .COM, .NET or .ORG domain to a new registrar also apply to .BIZ and .INFO or any domain within a Top Level Domain that runs on EPP)

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The steps involved in a .CA domain transfer

By , April 22, 2010

Please Note: As of October 2010 the .CA Registry has changed to using the EPP Registry Protocol.

As such, the .CA Transfer process is now very similar to the process for transferring for .com, .net or .org domains.

  • Get the Auth Code for your domain from the “losing registrar side”
  • Initiate the transfer on the gaining side.

Contrary to .COM/.NET/.ORG transfers, the .CA transfer also happens instantly.

Old article follows the break…

How can I park or monetize my domain names?

By , April 22, 2010

Domain parking refers to monetizing otherwise unused domain names via pay-per-click advertising.

There are numerous companies that exist soley to monetize “parked” domains in this manner. Most domain registrars “park” their customers’ idle and unused domains and monetize them, often keeping the revenues for themselves.

If you have domain names simply “parked” with your registrar, you may decide you want to monetize them yourself. If you do, you need to select a domain parking company and then configure your domains so that web traffic to them goes to the parked page provider’s system.

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When the internet doesn't see an update to your zonefile

By , April 22, 2010

Every once in awhile we see a situation where somebody changes the IP address one of their hostname (A records) points at and the rest of the world still sees the old address.

Common causes of this include:

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