Parked Domain Problem

I have two parked domains that point to the main domain which has CS Cart installed.



I'd like to have the parked domain's name show up in the browser's address bar but instead I get the main domain name. My host says this is because of the way the CS Cart software is configured. Is there anyway to accomplish what I'm trying to do?

Use the parked domain name as the 'http_host' and 'https_host' values in your config.local.php file.

[quote name='tbirnseth' timestamp='1312339683' post='118737']

Use the parked domain name as the 'http_host' and 'https_host' values in your config.local.php file.

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Thanks for your quick reply.



I tried adding the parked domain after the main domain name in my config_local.php file but it had no effect.



Do I have to completely replace the main domain name there? I would prefer to keep the main domain name and have two parked domains point to the store. That works now but the main domain name appears in the address bar. This is confusing to the customer who may think he or she has not gotten to the right website.



I appreciate your help.

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Do I have to completely replace the main domain name there?

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If your store currently has http_host as 'www.domain1.com'

and you have a parked domain named 'www.domain2.com' and you want it to redirect to your store but still use 'www.domain2.com' in the address bar then you'll either need to replace the http_host with 'www.domain2.com' or setup an Apache redirect in your .htaccess file. There are better htaccess gurus on here than me…

[quote name='tbirnseth' timestamp='1312408171' post='118790']

If your store currently has http_host as 'www.domain1.com'

and you have a parked domain named 'www.domain2.com' and you want it to redirect to your store but still use 'www.domain2.com' in the address bar then you'll either need to replace the http_host with 'www.domain2.com' or setup an Apache redirect in your .htaccess file. There are better htaccess gurus on here than me…

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I replaced the main domain name with the parked domain and it worked!



Now I guess I'll need to purchase another SSL certificate for the parked domain since a warning shows up when I use that domain to access the store.



Thanks again for your expertise. I really appreciate the time you spent on this.

[quote name='buster' timestamp='1312425573' post='118809']

I replaced the main domain name with the parked domain and it worked!



Now I guess I'll need to purchase another SSL certificate for the parked domain since a warning shows up when I use that domain to access the store.



Thanks again for your expertise. I really appreciate the time you spent on this.

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Unfortunately, I found out from my hosting company that I cannot purchase more than one SSL certificate per hosting account. They suggested I set up another hosting account for my parked domain and copy all my files to that site so that I have a duplicate website under the other domain name.



Would I have to purchase another CS Cart license? And I heard that the search engines do not look kindly on duplicate websites.



This seems like it should be a common problem since ecommerce stores should all have SSL certificates.

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Unfortunately, I found out from my hosting company that I cannot purchase more than one SSL certificate per hosting account. They suggested I set up another hosting account for my parked domain and copy all my files to that site so that I have a duplicate website under the other domain name.



Would I have to purchase another CS Cart license? And I heard that the search engines do not look kindly on duplicate websites.



This seems like it should be a common problem since ecommerce stores should all have SSL certificates.

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You'd be crazy to do it like this. You will have 2 admins, etc! And yes, you'd have to buy another cs-cart license.



Just ask them to make your parked domain your main domain (so your main domain becomes the parked domain), cancel your first SSL and buy a new one for your ex-parked domain (which is now, low an behold, your main domain)

[quote name='Flow' timestamp='1312468759' post='118848']

You'd be crazy to do it like this. You will have 2 admins, etc! And yes, you'd have to buy another cs-cart license.



Just ask them to make your parked domain your main domain (so your main domain becomes the parked domain), cancel your first SSL and buy a new one for your ex-parked domain (which is now, low an behold, your main domain)

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Thanks for the reply. I wanted to keep the primary domain the way it is because it's composed of many keywords for the business. This makes it more likely to be placed higher by the search engines. The parked domain has the name of the business and is the one advertised.



I thought this would be a common way of doing things and didn't anticipate the SSL problem.