Computer Users Group
Registrar, WEB Host, URL Forwarding
I prefer and think it is a good idea to use one company as registrar
of your URL and a separate provider as the host of your web site. That
way it is simple to change web hosts if things go wrong or a better
deal comes along.
My registrar of choice is GoDaddy.com
. They have a good price for registering URL's but most important
they have a good interface for changing things like your DNS settings.
They will try to sell you all sorts of extra services like e-mail and
web hosting. I do not use any of these services nor do I recommend them.
My current WEB host is GoDaddy.com
they are web hosts not a blog site. They have many plan depending how
much space and bandwidth you might need. Our main site http://Musser.us
is on the $6.29 a month Delux Plan by the way I have only ever used
the Linux Hosting Plans (they are more solid). These low cost sites
are all on shared servers as a consequence you will have more outages
than if you were on a dedicated server ($150 or so a month). In the
past year I have had one whole day outage and eight or ten 20 minute
ones. I only know of the short ones for the most part because I use
a free web site watching service InternetSeer.com
they e-mail me whenever my site is not responding.
I have signed up for FREE e-mail with Gmail.com they have the best SPAM
protection I have seen, they great web based e-mail access, and provide
free POP3 and IMAP e-mail. Allowing you to use Outlook or Outlook Express
to manage your e-mail. Instead
of setting up a pop3 mailbox on my web host I simply use my host to
forward email sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
to my email@example.com
address. My email users only know my address as firstname.lastname@example.org
but I actually get my mail via the gmail.com account. With all of the
SPAM filtering and other features Google provides.
I have a throw
away e-mail address to use when signing up for things online. I use
email@example.com when it gets to mush
spam I just change it to firstname.lastname@example.org
... Having a throwaway address is something anyone can do to reduce
the flow of SPAM.
One of the best and cheapest (free not even any adds) way to use your
URL is to sign up as a user at http://www.zoneedit.com/
. They provide a forwarding service at no charge I use them to forward
http://ladyheads.com to a sub-domain
at our main web site. It also forwards e-mail sent to email@example.com
to my mail box at firstname.lastname@example.org
. This is the perfect tool to use with Gmail if you only want to use
e-mail with your newly registered URL. Several friends use ZoneEdit
to have e-mail sent to Fred@Family.com or Sue@Family.com ... forwarded
to FredF@Gmail.com or SueF@Gmail.com ... This is very inexpensive to
implement for example. At my registrar GoDaddy.com
a .com URL is just $8.95 a year. Using free Gmail that is the total
cost per year for as many e-mail accounts you want (xx1@MyName.com,
To sign up for ZoneEdit go to
their site http://www.zoneedit.com/
and choose free sign up. You will choose a username and password they
will send conformation by a-mail along with the URL's of the DNS servers
at zoneedit (something like ns3.zoneedit.com and ns4.zoneedit.com).
You will then go to the Control Panel at the registrar (I recommend
GoDaddy.com) of your domain. What you need to do is change the DNS (domain
name Server) from (ns3.onelineaccess.net - ns3.onelineaccess.net) default
name they provided to the DNS server addresses provided by ZoneEdit
(ns3.zoneedit.com and ns4.zoneedit.com). They should have given you
a username and password for managing your domain. The change to the
DNS server will take effect in 24 to 72 hours (the time required for
it to propagate across the entire net).
When you have taken the steps above you are ready to put ZoneEdit to
work for you. You log into your ZoneEdit account and choose the zone
you setup. The first thing you can setup is MailForwards.
You will probably want something like Name@MyURL.xx us to be forwarded
to your e-mail ( Name@MyISP.com ) with the ISP (Internet Service Provider)
you use. Then when someone sends mail to Name@MyURL.xx it will forward
toName@MyISP.com . You can have as many forward as you want.
If you want to play around with a web site your
ISP probably has free space for you to use. The free hosting sites will
provide a web address that is long and not personalized (http://mysite.verizon.net/gmusser/)
but with ZoneEdit you can set up forward to send requests to http://myURL.us
to forward to the mysite.verizon.net/gmusser address. The cloaked option
of web forward even hides the mysite.verizon.net/gmusser/
and shows http://myURL.us. It is really a great tool.
Playing with a web page is the best way to learn. I really enjoy it.
Let me know if you get stuck.
Updated August 25, 2007
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