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  Apache Web-Serving with Mac OS X: Part 1
Subject:   Domain Names?
Date:   2002-08-12 08:26:53
From:   hartvan
Your articles have been very helpful, but how do I set up my personal Web site in OS X with a "normal" domain name (http://www.mydomain.com)? A string of numbers doesn't look too nice on a business card!

Thanks for your help.


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  • Domain Names?
    2002-08-29 16:23:52  labridae [View]

    When someone types in a domain name like http://www.mydomain.com, their Internet service contacts InterNIC, the organization responsible for keeping track of domain names, and gets the appropriate IP. This is how your computer actually contacts the remote computer.

    So, before you can use your domain, you have to register it with InterNIC (any domain registration service will work). At this point, you can tell InterNIC what your IP address is (you should be able to manage this through the company you used to register your page) and when people type in your domain, they will be pointed at your web page.

    Note: you have to have a static IP address for this to work.
  • Domain Names?
    2002-09-25 14:58:30  philocon [View]

    You needn't have a static IP address. Look at
  • Domain Names?
    2003-09-28 07:55:58  anonymous2 [View]

    1-First thing is first, you need your own domain name. You can go to any registrar and get one (e.g Network Soultions, Register.com, registerfly.com, godaddy.com, etc.) I personally use registerfly.com because their control panel beats the pants off anything I've every seen, and they are affordable at $9.99 and sometimes less when they hold a SALE!

    2-You need to sign up with a "custom DNS" service like www.dyndns.org or www.no-ip.org (I think that's their name) Follow their instructions, and they provide domain registration also if you want to roll those two processes together.

    3-Point your registrar's system to the DNS services' "domain name servers" or "DNS servers" and that if done correctly will propagate(be diseminated through the Internet) in about 48 hours max.

    4- Get a "DNS client" to run on YOUR server, this little app communicates back to the DNS service and let's them know what your current IP is if it's "dynamic" so they will know what to point to- so your www.yourdomain.com will resolve at the right place. (You can skip this if you have a static ip and only one machine with no router/firewall-which is bizzarely unsafe.) Your DNS Client should be set to be one of your "login items" so it auto-launches at every restart.

    5-If you do have a router/firewall you have to configure "port forwarding" so traffic hitting your router on port 80 (html port) will be passed on to your server's IP on your internal LAN. If your ISP blocks port 80 then you will need to route it to another port (e.g. 8080 and make sure your sever has that port open in "network port configurations") or consult the DNS service's FAQ's they usually have a workaround.

    I've been toying wih all this and I got this work for myself, now I have to work on the site...<Jeeez>