Point domain vs. forwarding with masking enabled

Both domain forwarding and masking are not recommended methods to have your domain name bring up your Point2 website.

Forwarding allows you to access your website with your domain name without name server information. Once you hit your website the URL address defaults back to the address, losing much of the effectiveness of your own domain name. With masking enabled, your domain name will remain within the address bar of the browser even when the visitor has been transported to your website.

There are advantages to pointing your domain name rather than forwarding it. One major advantage is that your domain is more likely to be recognized by search engines. Search engines will not index websites that have a forwarding domain.

There are disadvantages to masking a domain rather than pointing it. A few of the disadvantages are that you will not be able to login to your website through your domain name, the online forms included with your website may not work and generally your website loses out on functionality associated with a domain name. You will not be able to create subdomains or use domain associated email features available. Also, most domain registrars charge for domain masking services.

You can modify the name servers for your domain name and point your domain, which will allow your Point2 website to be accessed via your domain name. Modifying the name servers allows your domain name to become your website address.

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