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Can a website have two domain names, same content, different language

Can a website have two domain names, same content, different language

     
4:15 am on Feb 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hello everybody, this is my first post up here! :)

First of all I don't know if I posted in the good section so if it needs to be moved don't hesitate.

Well I am wondering, can a website have two domain names, with the same content but in different languages?
For e.g, domainA.com - content in english
domainB.com - content in french

Is that legal?

Thanks for your replies.

4:37 am on Feb 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Welcome to Webmaster World! :)

Yes, it would be legal to have separate domain names for content in different languages. If that would make good sense for your marketing strategy, you or your company would be perfectly free to take that approach.

Many people would tend to think of that as "two websites" rather than "a website" though.

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People may think that it's two website, but since both have the same content, I guess we can call it a website.
6:19 am on Feb 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I am no guru in this, but at least on many VPS and dedicated sites, you can set up another directory and then have name servers for a different domain actually go to that directory on the same server.
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welcome to WebmasterWorld [webmasterworld.com], stephang!

yes it's legal - but if it's different languages, it's not really the same content.
you should consider using a cctld appropriate to the language and hosting it in that country.
(example.fr)
you could also use a subdomain or subdirectory in your url structure to specify the language of your content.
(fr.example.com or example.com/fr/)

6:31 am on Feb 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

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@Wlauzon

Yes, it's true. I think it's called addon domain.

7:37 pm on Mar 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Welcome Stephang to WW.

If its exactly the same content but only in different languages I would recommend using one domain.

Why not use domain.com rather than domainA and domainB? Is A and B the language listed in your domain? If so, remember the shorter the better so use domain rather than i.e. domainEnglish and domainFrench.com

It will also save you the 10$/yr registration fee + $10 privacy fee. Believe it or not, it adds up! I had many domains example.com, example.net, example.org, examples.com and finally realized

its not how big your company or website is, its the profit that matters.

So if you can lower your cost by even a dollar, keeping your revenue the same, do it.

Ask yourself, whats the point [advantage] of having two seperate domains vs combining the content all in one?

Just my 2 cents and of course I dont know your particular case but here you go:

I once had around 50 domains and finally realized I bought the names to just say I own it and felt good about owning the names, until I realized Im paying over $1000 dollars just on names. How good can you really feel spending over 1000 bucks on domains that you havent or dont plan to ever use?!? So I got rid of most of them now, and moved most of my active sites to different folders such as

example.com/externalwebsite/folder1
example.com/externalwebsite/folder2
and...

so now instead of worrying on how to make an extra $500 bucks/yr, I automatically save that much! :)

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Thank you very much dailypress. :)