Typing in a "shortcut" for a Website

It seems I’ve seen it where you type in, say AWS(dot)com and you can get to amazingwebsite(dot)com. How does this work? Does the owner have to purchase both names?

We’re starting an animal welfare organization that has a pretty long name, and we’d like people to just type in the acronym and still get to the site.

Is this possible?

Thanks.

Bob


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Hi Bob

Yes, you would need to own both domain names but you’d only need hosting for one site.

For example, I have a website at the impossibly long http://www.dundeemuseumoftransport.co.uk/

However we also bought the much shorter http://www.DMofT.co.uk/ which simply forwards to the longer name. Be careful though as some domain name registration companies may charge for this redirection or offer cloaked forwarding only where the domain name in the address bar never changes no matter which page you visit. By using ‘non-cloaked’ this means that links like http://www.DMofT.co.uk//gallery/events2011/ still work and redirect to the longer version.

We have also set up matching short and long email addresses and, again, the short names simply forward to the long names. Again check that this is possible with your chosen company

All the best

Gordon
http://www.gordonlow.net/

On 14 Mar 2012, at 3:25pm, Robert B wrote:

It seems I’ve seen it where you type in, say AWS(dot)com and you can get to amazingwebsite(dot)com. How does this work? Does the owner have to purchase both names?

We’re starting an animal welfare organization that has a pretty long name, and we’d like people to just type in the acronym and still get to the site.

Is this possible?


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Great! Thanks, Gordon, for all the info. Just what I needed,

Bob


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