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Masked URL won't go away

URL sticks in address box when leaving site

     
5:25 pm on Nov 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Never used masking before. I 'host' a non-profit site on one of my business sites since the non-profit is as poor as church mice. Godaddy offers free URL masking with forwarding so I thought I'd add it so it reads www.save_the_widgets.org instead of the long URL.

I don't have a problem with all the non-profit pages having the same URL but when a visitor leaves the site by clicking on a link, the non-profit URL sticks in the browser address box.
It changes if the visitor leaves by typing a URL or clicks a book mark.

Godaddy says this is normal behavior. Seems like a bug to me. My concern is that visitors will get annoyed when the address sticks no matter where they go. Should I look into other masking alternatives?

SE content: Will google get annoyed? I'm thinking of using the masking option with some new sites that will rely on SE traffic.

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>Godaddy says this is normal behavior. Seems like a bug to me. My concern is that visitors will get annoyed when the address sticks no matter where they go. Should I look into other masking alternatives?

Sounds like a browser bug to me. Check other browsers.

>SE content: Will google get annoyed? I'm thinking of using the masking option with some new sites that will rely on SE traffic.

YES. Because Google sees all the content as the same URL. At most the home page would get indexed.

[edited by: rfgdxm1 at 6:13 pm (utc) on Nov. 18, 2003]

6:06 pm on Nov 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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AFAIK, Google uses frames as "domain masking." That's why if you click within the frame (your site), the URL in the address bar doesn't change.

Domain masking looks like a neat option on first glance however I would stay away from it. Frames=not good, from SEO and usability point of view.

If you have a unique IP with your hosting, you can use Godaddy's total DNS control to point your domain name to your site.

6:09 pm on Nov 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Sounds like frames. Need to add:

target=_top

to all your external links.

6:16 pm on Nov 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>Sounds like frames.

It is.

To the OP, real hosting likely would cost just a few bucks a month. Are they really *that* poor?

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>Sounds like a browser bug to me. Check other browsers.

Thought so too. Same results with IE & NS7.1

>Sounds like frames. Need to add: target=_top

I think you mean it's treated the same way as frames? (No frames on this page.) In any case, your suggestion to add "target=_top" works and unlocks the browser address. Thanks.

I wasn't sure if google read the true URL or the substituted one. If Google sees the entire site as a number of frames, I could tag ea. secondary page as "No Index" in hopes that the the front page will be correctly indexed.

>.To the OP, real hosting likely would cost just a few bucks a month. Are they really *that* poor?

This .org builds houses for the poor in a poor part of the state and web hosting costs are measured in 2x4's. The cheap hosting companies won't support ASP and databases which we need. I also was going to try this on a number of new sites to keep my own costs down. Already pay for six accounts. Gotta weigh the costs of being cheap, I guess.

Thanks for everyone's help.

9:06 pm on Nov 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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If it would help them out, I would be happy to
donate dns services to them. No receipt required.

Building housing for the poor is a great cause.
Even if they are not "habitat for humanity".

The offer is subject to verification of the
status of the organisation.

7:12 pm on Nov 19, 2003 (gmt 0)

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plumsauce

Thanks for you generous offer. If I give up my own websites, I'll certainly get in touch. I don't mind keeping it on my own site for now and working around the really very minor issue of the masking.

You did guess the organization. It's the local chapter in the Adirondack Mpuntains in NY. I do their website, database work and CAD drawings. It's really not a big contribution though compared to the hands-on construction work the other volunteers do.

Thanks again for your offer.

Wayne

12:47 am on Nov 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

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NorthernStudio,

Good work. May you have heaps of
karma points bestowed on you.

The offer is open indefinitely.

Plumsauce

 

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