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Mask organization name in website URLs

Posted on 2014-07-22
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Our website URLs begin with our organization name at the root level, like this:

OurCompany/OurProducts/ProductA.aspx


How can I mask or remove the organization name at the root level, so that it does not appear in browser search bars?

ie:  The above URL should look like this:

nnnnn/OurProducts/ProductA.aspx

(or simply not display the root level):

OurProducts/ProductA.aspx


(I've seen articles which describe rewriting query string parameters, but I'm trying to mask the organization name at the root level).

I'm using Visual Studio 2010, Visual Basic.Net
Thanks!
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Register a different domain name and use that domain name to point to your DNS. This is akin to www.hp.com being the same as www.hewlettpackard.com, with the exception that you won't be using one of the two names.
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Thanks for the reply.

I'm familiar with website programming, but am a real newbie when it comes to publishing sites.

<< Register a different domain name and use that domain name to point to your DNS>>

That would involve a call to the hosting organization, right (ie: it's not something that I would do in the .Net project)?

<<This is akin to www.hp.com being the same as www.hewlettpackard.com>>

Using the HP example, do I need to rewrite any code in my application for this to work?  For example, I have a lot of statements like:

response.redirect "~/Products/ProductB.aspx"

Would the URL automatically display "hp" at the root level, or would I need to adjust the code to not display "HewlettPackard"?
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if your code is using relative paths, then you should be okay. If you're using FQN, then you will end up doing a lot of rewriting, unless you can simply do Alias. I'll send you a couple of links.

Registering a new name is a pretty simple process. From there, you can use your host's control panel to point to your nameservers. That is a little different with every host, so I don't have instructions on that for you.
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I dont know if you're hosting IIS or Apache, but here's the link for Apache:

http://code.tutsplus.com/articles/apache-aliasing-and-redirection--net-28606
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Good stuff to get started with - thanks for the help.

I'll post a separate thread if If I have follow up questions.
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