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1-12-02, 10:14 AM
How can I specify that the browser address window displays my domain name only up to the TLD and doesn't display the names of the particular pages being displayed?
If it's relevant to the solution, my site has two frames: the upper frame contains the logo and menu (and is therefore static and should always display) and the lower frame is where the content is displayed.
Thanks very much,
hi Jay, I know of 2 ways to accomplish this.
One would be to use mod_rewrite.
The other is frames...if you are using frames and targeting the links to the content frame, the url of individual content pages should not be showing up in the browser url field. You only need to have an index.html page in your htdocs directory which calls the two frames you mentioned, and then you target each link to the content frame.
For instance, have a look at this site to see how it would work with framing:
1-12-02, 08:18 PM
Thanks for responding.
I use my index.html page to redirect people depending upon whether their browser is Java enabled or not. As a result, the frame page name always displays in the address field. I'd like to NOT have the frame page name display.
I still have to see what happens when people with Netscape 6 try to go to my site...
Powweb uses the Apache web server. For tons of information on the URL rewriting engine and everything else in Apache, you can start at http://apache.org/.
A good place to begin if you are interested in html validation is http://htmlhelp.com/links/validators.htm.
If you use Netscape Composer to generate your website, your site will look great in Netscape! If you use Microsoft Frontpage to generate your website, it will probably look wonderful in Microsoft Internet Explorer. Vice-versa, unfortunately, as Casey Stengel used to say, "Sometimes it doesn't always work."
You can still purchase shrinkwrap copies of Microsoft Windows NT 4. It installs Microsoft Internet Explorer 2.0. Not only would its users have difficulty viewing your website, they can't even view http://www.microsoft.com/ !
Finally, a personal note: I hate cloaked websites. I would certainly never buy anything from one.
1-13-02, 06:00 AM
Thanks for all the info - I'll have to start in on everything tonight.
I use Homesite to create my website and I long ago stopped testing with Netscape for the simple reason that Netscape kept crashing on my machine and I couldn't find a way around it.
Question for you - I wasn't aware that cloaking is considered problematic. For instance, I own the domain thegeneralcontractor.com and, when I started selling 3D models using the name ChiefSymbols, I cloaked the domain so that people saw www.ChiefSymbols.com in the address field even though I had my files on the server hosting thegeneralcontractor.com.
What's the reason this is an issue and why wouldn't you buy from a cloaked domain? Is there something surreptitious assumed to be happening when a domain is cloaked?
Cloaking ... redirection ... whatever you call it: I didn't say there was anything technically wrong with it. I mean, who knows what a CGI script will do with your info.
It's just that with trojan horses now spreading via hidden ActiveX controls on the websites of unscrupulous individuals, I feel more comfortable when I see something I believe to be the actual URL of the site I'm working with.
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