Due in part to our new domain monitor system (DomainWatch), we are now easily able to identify domain names that have either been pointed to our DNS servers or web servers as (extra) domains. Many of our clients register the ‘.net’ or ‘.biz’ of their domain just to prevent other companies form registering that domain. For Example, our main domain is wisnet.com. We have registered wisnet.us also.
With our dynamic 301 redirect, we can configure wisnet.us to automatically redirect with a ‘301 Moved Permanently’ message to our main domain http://wisnetwp.wpengine.com.
Give it a try – go to http://www.wisnet.us – and watch the address line switch to http://wisnetwp.wpengine.com
So, what does that mean for you?
Search engine spiders such as google.com and yahoo.com prefer to see this ‘301 Moved Permanently’ redirect for ‘extra’ domains that have been registered. This lets them know that they are the same site, so they don’t ‘dock’ points for trying to duplicate your site data in multiple locations. This is the recommended practice.
We are proactively monitoring domains that have been pointed to our system, and redirecting them to your main sites as we see them hit our systems. If you have special requests for your ‘extra’ domains, let us know – we can make it happen. Or, if you would like to reserve your domain with additional extensions (like .net, .biz, .us, etc) let us know. There are no additional hosting fees for this service, just the standard domain registration fee.
If you would like more information on server site redirects, visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/URL_redirection