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    Pointed domains found "parked" and not functional

    As I tried to access one of my pointed domain page today, I got redirected to my main domain.

    I checked domain central and found that my 3 pointed domains were not properly pointing to their respective sub-directories any longer, but were instead "Parked" under the Pointer tab.

    This happened before once, for one of them, and I successfully redefined the pointer.

    I rapidly redefined the pointer for all three and they are all pointing normally but I am wondering why this is happening. I have no ticket open and I have not received any alert from Powweb admin.

    Does anybody had the same experience and know what could cause it?

    Thanks.

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    I recall this happening in the past too. I've no idea (or can't remember) the cause, but as you say the solution is relatively simple - re-point.
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    Yes, relatively simple, and would be "ok" if something would tell me these pointed sites are down. Although, admittedly, that would be quite weird to have to reconfigure pointing configs because of random reset.

    I just happened to notice by chance these sites had been deactivated. If it happens again, they could be down for a while before I realize something is wrong, all the while loosing potential customers and paying clicks for nada.

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    I'm sure I've read of a service that warns if your site is down, although I don't know if it would report the site 'down' if it is displaying a parking page.

    Maybe snowmaker knows of the service I'm referring to.
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    I know there are a few sites out there that ping your site and then look for specific text on the page. I tried a free one, but with limited success. I received a couple of false down-time messages.

    How are you pointing the domains? I wonder if there is a better way to point or re-direct them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by entrecon View Post
    I wonder if there is a better way to point or re-direct them.
    htaccess?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IanS View Post
    Maybe snowmaker knows of the service I'm referring to.
    I've also read about one or a few of those services, but one does not come to mind right now. Do a search thru Google or DDG using 'site monitor' or something like that for keywords.
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    I implemented a monitoring robot right away. In this case Uptime Robot. There is an option to check for the presence of keywords in the page called so a redirect, which the Parked status is for a pointed domain, would trigger an alert as well.

    I am still puzzled by the instability of the pointed domain settings though. I am curious to know if many are experiencing this anomaly.

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    For those interested: Uptime Robot keeps giving me false positives (false "site is down" alerts) on my php driven pointed sites when checking for the presence of a keyword. I am trying Monitor.us today and hope it will do the job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by entrecon View Post
    How are you pointing the domains? I wonder if there is a better way to point or re-direct them.
    In Domain Central, under the tab Pointers, I select Subdirectory, then enter the appropriate subdirectory in the field.
    I don't know of any other way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tpoynton View Post
    htaccess?
    I wouldn't know how to implement a pointed domain with htaccess. The way I understand it, pointed domain DNS resolution is done upstream of my accessible scripts.
    I have a specific htaccess file for each pointed domain, but these files only manage the pseudo root of their respective pointed domain, not the pointing itself.

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