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Domain masking

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Domain masking or URL masking is the act of hiding the actual domain name of a website from the URL field of a user's web browser in favor of another name.[1] There are many ways to do this, including the following examples.

  1. HTML inline frame or frameset so a frame embedded in the main website actually points to some other site.
  2. URL rewriting (e.g., mod_rewrite) or aliases to have the web server serve the same page for two different domain names.[2]

Once the URL is masked it displays the URL mask rather than the original URL/domain name.[3] Masking does not affect the content of the actual website; it only covers up the original URL/domain name. Domain masking prevents users from being able to see the actual domain website, whether it be due to length or privacy/security issues.[4]

See also



  1. ^ Hutchison, Tom (2008). Web Marketing for the Music Business. CRC Press. ISBN 9780240810447. LCCN 2008020851.
  2. ^ "URL Masking". WebGUI.org. 2007-12-09.[dubiousdiscuss]
  3. ^ Will Bontrager. "URL Masking - Attainment and Prevention". WillMaster.com.
  4. ^ "Forwarding or Masking Your Domain". GoDaddy.com. 2013-12-10.