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Technical Questions

WHAT IS URL HIDING ?

URL Hiding is a cool function that hides your target URL and let visitors see only your cool subdomain name. So instead of being redirected and suddenly seeing your target URL appearing in the browser's address bar they see your cool subdomain all the time. Even when they bookmark your site - the bookmark will show your subdomain address. (You can disable URL Hiding in the Members' Area)

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HOW DO I GET A SCRIPT ERROR ON MY GEOCITIES SITE ?
 

GeoCities scripts have a problem when they are run inside of a frame. When you use URL Hiding, we create an invisible frame around the site so that only your HotRedirect subdomain name shows. Unfortunately, GeoCities' scripts are designed to not work inside a frame. There are 3 solutions to this:

  1. Move your site to a friendlier webhost, or
  2. Turn off the URL Hiding feature. To do this log into the Members' Area and set your URL Hiding preference to "No", or
  3. Copy and paste the following javascript code into your webpage:

    The above javascript will suppress the error message box.

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WHAT ARE META TAGS AND WHY DO I NEED THEM ?

If you use URL Hiding, Search engines generally don't venture past our invisible frame. So by putting META tags (Keywords and Description) and the TITLE tag in the frameset, the search engine will pick them up and your site will be indexed correctly just like any other site!

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WHAT IS PATH FORWARDING ?

Path forwarding is a unique feature which allows you to forward your subdomain to different files or folders on your webhost using one single HotRedirect subdomain. For more information, please click here.

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PATH FORWARDING IS NOT WORKING PROPERLY !

In order for path forwarding to work properly, you must point your HotRedirect subdomain to a directory with a trailing "/" at the end. For example, the target URL, http://www.yourhost.com/dir/ will work correctly, while http://www.yourhost.com/dir (without the "/" at the end) or http://www.yourhost.com/dir/index.html (pointing to an individual file) will not work.

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MY HOTREDIRECT ADDRESS STAYS IN THE ADDRESS BAR! EVEN WHEN I GO TO OTHER PAGES ...

That is the result of the URL Hiding feature. If you have links to external pages on your page you need to change all your external links (the ones not going to another page on your site) to:
<a href="http://www.other-web-site.com" target=_top>.

It is even easier to include this tag into the header of your HTML documents. It is a tag that makes all your links open on top of your window.

<HEAD>
<TITLE>My Homepage</TITLE>
<BASE TARGET="_top">
</HEAD>

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MY HOTREDIRECT SUBDOMAIN ISN'T WORKING. WHY ?

In the worst case our server may be down. But usually there´s a problem with the server that hosts your pages or a problem with your internet-connection. Before you notify us please check your connection and all your information in the Members' Area.

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