Steve Smith;1262393 wrote:
What, exactly, is "Domain Cloaking"?
Many individuals and small companies have webspace as part of their Internet connection. However they don't want to run a site called something like: mydomain.some-isp.com, because it doesn't look professional and it causes problems if the person moves their Internet Service Provider (ISP). A cheap and cheerful solution is to buy a domain from a domain registry. When a user connects to the website: www.mydomain.com, the domain registry sends a special message to the browser called a Moved Temporarily redirect containing the address of the real webserver. The browser will then connect to this address.
The Uniform Resource Locator in the browser's address toolbar will be that of the ISP hosted website, not the domain hosted by the registry. This has a number of disadvantages. Search engines will see two domains, anyone linking to the site will be confused as to which domain to use and for businesses it looks unprofessional. Most domain registries offer a solution called Domain Cloaking, Masked or Stealth Redirection. The term Domain Cloaking often causes confusion with Page Cloaking.