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What the hell is wrong with host gator

Discussion in 'Web Hosting' started by dragonlube, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. dragonlube

    dragonlube Regular Member

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    Ive been enjoying their service, professional, friendly, etc but I now noticed that for every domain I added to my hosting account, it automatically created a subdomain for the account's main domain, ex. hosting main domain is aaa.com, I added bbb.com and it created bbb.aaa.com as well, the issue here that bbb.aaa.com has the same root folder as bbb.com so its a duplicate content hazard, called them up, talked to 2 reps, said they cannot remove bbb.aaa.com without removing bbb.com, anyone aware of this flaw and how to fix it.
     
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    dragonlube Regular Member

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    Sure its possible to redirect bbb.aaa.com to bbb.com but seriously? thats pretty idiotic I gotta say
     
  3. supamanjon

    supamanjon Power Member

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    when u do addon domains i've never seen it create a subdomain.
     
  4. Kickflip

    Kickflip BANNED BANNED

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    My addons domains do the same thing. Always it creates a subdomain to my MAIN domain on HG. I don't think you need to worry about duplicate content issue because the links likely wont ever get indexed. Even if they did get indexed, they wont get indexed before your main page does, so the duplicate content hazard will only affect the rankings of the subdomain. For example, you can't make your competitors rankings go down by copying their content, UNLESS you out rank them with their own content, but that wont happen here.
     
  5. creep

    creep Registered Member

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    Well that is how Cpanel creates your addon domain. It is treated like an subdomain redirected to your TLD.
     
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  6. SimoGTR

    SimoGTR Junior Member

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    I also notice this with my HG account. Just ignored it...dont think its had any negative effect on my sites either.
     
  7. redstone.1337

    redstone.1337 BANNED BANNED Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    its the same on all cpanel hosting! chill! :)
     
  8. richcamp

    richcamp Regular Member

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    It wont get indexed as it is just a redirection. Do a site search for that subs and you'll see nothing returned.
     
  9. Sdshane

    Sdshane Registered Member

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    Yeah, that's just how addon domains are done with cpanel. I noticed the same thing on my account, really nothing to fret about.
     
  10. dragonlube

    dragonlube Regular Member

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    thanks for the replies, yea I guess its nothing, I redirected the subs to the main domain just in case.

    cheers
     
  11. Scripteen

    Scripteen Elite Member

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    This is all what cpanel does not hostgator.
     
  12. lexblast

    lexblast Junior Member

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    yes, as long as you never link to them (or no one else does) they will sit there and not be found. even if they are found as a sub domain to your main domain it probably wouldnt matter significantly.
     
  13. topsytips

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    Take a closer look then!! ;)

    It's always done it as far as I know!
     
  14. Monrox

    Monrox Power Member

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    A cpanel instance can service only one domain. When you 'add' another domain, it is not really added but redirected to point to a subdomain of the main domain. The webserver is doing this redirection invisibly for the browser / spider so to them the second domain is an independent entity and not some subdomain. The redirection is not a 301, 302, 3548764 etc, but an internal instruction.

    For example if you have the domain aaa.com and want to add the domain bbb.com, a subdomain bbb.aaa.com is createdm as you've noticed.

    Whenever bbb.com is requested, Apache (the webserver) silently shows bbb.aaa.com instead. This silent redirection never gets detected by the web browser / spider. The trick is used to allow multiple domains with a single cpanel.

    By manually pointing bbb.aaa.com to bbb.com you force a second redirection and it looks like this:
    bbb.com -> (server redirection) -> bbb.aaa.com -> (your manual redirection) -> bbb.com -> (server redirection) -> bbb.aaa.com

    The end result is the same and it won't affect your rankings :)

    This could potentially be abused if you start linking your competitor's domain ddd.com to its corresponding subdomain ddd.ccc.com but no search engine with a half brain will ever consider such configuration as dupe content, nor will it split the link juice as it's a standard hack with cheap hosts.

    Still, if your second domain is earning lots of money, it is better off with its own cpanel, aka another account. It adds costs but also improved security at the very least because it will be protected with different login data.
     
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    I think that's the cause of Cpanel
     
  16. eochoa8

    eochoa8 Junior Member

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    Thanks for the great info guys.

    I also got a little worried when I added an addon domain and saw the extra sub-domain created.

    I'm just starting. And so I will be creating many mini-sites on the same cPanel account.
     
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    youngchris Newbie

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    Hmm didnt know that. I used to use GVO hosting and they provided you with an individual cpanel for each domain you added. Does host gator have that option? or any other host for that matter?
     
  18. CyrusVirus

    CyrusVirus BANNED BANNED Premium Member

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    yeah it happens like this because of this:

    when you create a subdomain on hostgator, what it does is, creates a new directory inside of the
    public_html or www/
    so, inside of the www/ or public_html is your main domain
    but there is a folder that had to be created like.... "bhw.com"
    so its wierd yes, duplicates the content yes, but needed ? no.
    its just the way their system works, it won't effect anything at all.
    just make sure you learn a little about .htaccess just in case you wanted certain domains to do whatever, its always been best to do that, helps keep the hackers at bay.
    Don't mind this, they have done it for a while.ignore it

    CyrusVirus
     
  19. Freelanced

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    i hate host gator they have bad service
     
  20. ghostpix777

    ghostpix777 Registered Member

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    Companies such as hostgator and bluehost do this so they can advertise UNLIMITED domains. While technically true you can have unlimited domains they are all sub domains of your PRIMARY domain. The only fix is to pay for separate accounts, or sign up as a reseller or for a VPS or dedicated server. Anytime you use the addon domain feature in cPanel you are just simply creating a subdirectory of your PRIMARY domain.