Secrets of Domain masking: How it works for you

When you register a domain name, several domain registrars give you an option of domain name forwarding and domain name masking.

Domain name forwarding simply redirects you to a site you define i.e. if you have a previously hosted site, it redirects users who typed your domain name (www.yourname.com) to your hosted site (lets say www.geocities.com/yourname). So you just pay for the domain. But it shows clearly that the url redirected from www.yourname.com to www.geocities.com/yourname.

Here comes in domain masking. Once you are redirected to your already hosted site, the domain name still keeps on showing www.yourname.com in the url bar inspite of whichever url you are on. So you can show your professional looking domain name while free web hosting elswhere. So domain masking is really useful. So look for a registrar who provides free domain masking along with your domain name.

Now telling you how it is done. A look at the source code of the domain name page will show -
<_html_>
<_head_>
<_title_>yourname< /title>
<_meta_ name="description" content="your description">
<_meta_name="keywords" content="keyword1, keyword2">
< /head>
<_frameset_rows="100%,0" border="0">
<_frame_ src="http://yourforwardingurl" frameborder="0">
<_frame_ frameborder="0">
< /frameset>
< /html>
When you register for domain masking , you will be asked to fill in data for 3 tags which show in the source code i.e. title of site. description of site and revelvant keywords.
<_title_>yourname< /title>
<_meta_ name="description" content="your description">
<_meta_name="keywords" content="keyword1, keyword2">
This shows as your sites details when indexed by search engines, when someone bookmarks it and of course in the browsers title.

The basic principle here is frames!
A quick look at the souce code will reveal
<_frameset_rows="100%,0" border="0">
<_frame_ src="http://yourforwardingurl" frameborder="0">
<_frame_ frameborder="0">
< /frameset>
This means that the registrar creates a html page with 2 frames. The top frame is 100% of the window i.e. it will fill the whole screen with your site. Since the frameborder is 0 - you see no border between these frames. Noresize means even if you try, you cannot try to expand the lower frame. So you can mask any page in this way!

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Knowing this is also significant if you use advertising programs like Google Adsense where ads may not be targeted properly unless you check the 'framed page' box to get ads code.

So search domain name, buy a low cost domain, and without domain hosting / web hosting, use domain name forwading! And never forget to read the Tips to Buy a Domain Name Successfully
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