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    Just discovered this strange behaviour on my site and also works on SitePoint.com
    Perhaps its restricted to the apache server only?

    That is...

    type in anything before a domain name with the @ sign and it resolves to the main server address. Example http://www.this.is.very.strange@sitepoint.com

    What do you make of this

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    Isn't it something to do with password protection? the htaccess file?

    it goes something like:

    http://www.username.password@site.com or soemthing like that


    not sure though

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    That is strange & kind of cool & I didn't notice! But it is working even with my websites that don't have .htaccess files or apache servers or are password protected...Interested to know why myself
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    So I guess we're waiting for Wayne to magicly tell us?

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    Yes it's to do with password protection and I believe the correct format is: http://username:password@domain.com As mentioned. It may not work on all web servers because I believe that the HTTP spec makes no provision for authentication in the URL itself.
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    This would be just great if the search engines recognised this format.

    Just think, no need for extra long domain names with target keywords; just use: http://www.marketingexperts@mysite.com

    Alas, the search engines don't see it as a legitimate domain name.

    - shame.

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    That's cool!
    Don't know if log file would be able to track this type of URL?
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    The log file should track this string - I think, why not try it a few times to see what's recorded.

    As no search engine lists this URL you could still give the URL out to friends, on business cards etc.

    Looks quite good considering anything can go before the @mydomain.com.


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