Is having a domain alias a good thing for your blog/site/business? Well, here’s my take on it.
Domain Alias: Yay or Nay?
Since I learned that “Facebook.com” could be visited through “fb.com” I got envious. Honestly, not all people could remember how quixotic is spelled so visiting my blog could be quite tricky. So, I have been studying what shortened links or domains could do to my blog. Luckily, I’ve discovered a way on how to create a domain alias for my blog.
What is a domain alias?
Domain aliasing is creating additional domain names that would point to the IP of a different domain. For example, if your domain name is example.com, you can register another domain name, for instance, example.net and have it point to the location of example.com. This means, every Internet user who goes to example.net will land in example.com. (Source)
An alias can have:
- its own DNS zone
- custom DNS records
- separate mail service (which I have tried with my newly acquired domain names btw)
I seized the moment when Pangalan.com had their sale last year! I got three (3) new domain names for Php 150 so each domain name only cost Php 50. Isn’t that great?
The names I got were for my Tumblr blog (www.mariaisquixotic.xyz), Maarteng Letra portfolio (www.maartengletra.xyz), and the other one is for my alias (www.mariaq.xyz) for this blog. What I loved about it is that it’s so affordable! My only wish is that for the renewal, it would also be that affordable. 😄 I learned about the .xyz when I attended an event hosted by Pangalan.com at their office in Makati. They shared to us that they have new domain names an affiliate program as well.
I learned about the .xyz name when I attended an event hosted by Pangalan.com at their office in Makati. They shared to us that they have new domains an affiliate program as well.
Going back to having a domain alias, I have discovered some pros and also some cons along the way. To enumerate some, here’s the list.
- It’s easier to remember. Some may have a hard time remembering quixotic so I decided to cut it short and just use q. Hence, mariaq.xyz
- For my Tumblr blog, it just received its new URL! I actually never thought that I would be doing that for my Tumblr blog but hey, change is nice as well. For it, I bought mariaisquixotic.xyz (Quixotic is really the ultimate description for myself, I guess.)
- Since Maarteng Letra has been active on social media, I decided to give its own space on the web. A portfolio wherein we could post our works and showcase our talents. It also would help for the marketing.
- Not only that it’ll be easier to remember, but it may also be quicker to type.
- Others may get confused where to go when they will look for you. It may create curiosity whether you moved to a different site or not. So you must be also careful just in case you are planning to have one for yourself.
- To those who monitor their DA (domain authority), this may get tricky. You might think that your alias might also get authority just like your original web address. I may have to further study about it.
- It may be more expensive. Just think about the renewal cost if you have web hosting then the registration for your original web address.
It’s a yay! Having an alias for my web address has really been beneficial for me. It has made my life easier whenever there are sign-ups for events or invites or other opportunities. Not only that, but it may also make my readers happy just in case they might get confused with spelling quixotic. Moreover, purchasing during a sale is always one of the best things ever!
So, what do you think about domain aliases?