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So i've started my first web site from home, and I'm trying to get it up and running and google crawlable and the like, but I can't seem to figure out how to have my site name returned in the address bar instead of my IP address.

I've purchased a domain name for my site on Godaddy and then set it to redirect to my site.

When you type in the domain name, you get redirected to (not my real IP obviously), and that stays in the user's address bar.

In order to fix that temporarily, I've set up masking on Go Daddy which keeps the URL in the address bar, but just shows my website in a frame. This is fine for users visiting the site, however any kind of automated robot such as GoogleBot cannot discover my content because of the frame.

I've looked into ISAPI filters and server-site-rewriting, and the like... but I just can't quite figure out how to do what I need it to do.

Any simple suggestions or links would be appreciated.

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You need to properly setup your DNS records on Go daddy to point to your IP. You need to set the A records.

EDIT Man this should be simple. Just make sure you are pointing your domain to your IP using DNS not forwarding and it should work fine. Or call go daddy! They are great on the phone.

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Can you explain a little more of what I need to do in the A records? I'm looking at them now, and I can add one or edit my current one... the current one looks like it just takes the request, and then redirects it to my IP address... when I add one, it has three fields: Host Name, Points To Ip Address, and TTL. – Bath Man May 16 '10 at 6:32
Show us a screenshot – Campo May 16 '10 at 21:50
Unfortunately, you cannot post an image on here unless you have atleast 10 rating. I can however post a link to an image, and I will do that tomorrow (Monday 5/17/2010). – Bath Man May 17 '10 at 3:16
I voted up your question. Should give you the rep you need :) – Campo May 17 '10 at 20:11
lol that raised it by 5 X) you need 6 to post an image. Oh well, posted a link anyway. – Bath Man May 18 '10 at 4:33

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