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Alias and IP address with a WWW address?

eggie5eggie5 Member Posts: 36
Im hosting my site on a dial up connection and being that I am on a dial up conneciton my ip always changes. So, when I give out my ip to someone to go to my apache webpage, the ip is always off.

Now, I heard someone talking about using an alias ip address with a www address or some nonsense like that.

Does anyone know how I can get a www address for my site?
Im running Apache2 on WinXP.

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  • JonathanJonathan Member Posts: 2,914
    Hi,

    Check out:-

    http://www.no-ip.com/

    Jonathan


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  • eggie5eggie5 Member Posts: 36
    Yes, but how do I do it by myself. I dont want to be reliant one someother company...

    Do I have to register with some international standards orginaztion that keeps track of www names???

    Help please...
  • JonathanJonathan Member Posts: 2,914
    Hi,

    : Yes, but how do I do it by myself. I dont want to be reliant one
    : someother company...
    : Do I have to register with some international standards orginaztion
    : that keeps track of www names???
    Well, when you register a domain name, e.g. jwcs.net, then that is registered with the required organisation. www is only a subdomain of the main domain, indeed once I purchased the right to use jwcs.net, I could also set up www.jwcs.net, ftp.jwcs.net, forum.jwcs.net, whatever.

    To get a name to resolve to an IP address, you need a DNS server somewhere in the chain. To run a DNS server ultimately will need you to have a machine with a static IP address.

    Hope that answers your question.

    Jonathan

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  • eggie5eggie5 Member Posts: 36

    "...To get a name to resolve to an IP address, you need a DNS server somewhere in the chain. To run a DNS server ultimately will need you to have a machine with a static IP address..."

    So, could I just go and get a crappy extra computer from school and make that a 'DNS server'? How do I get a static IP address? How do I put it in the chain?

    I'm sorry for my ignorance but, this is relativly new to me. Could you elaborate on the topic some more.
    THANKS
    -alex egg
  • JonathanJonathan Member Posts: 2,914
    Hi,

    : So, could I just go and get a crappy extra computer from school and
    : make that a 'DNS server'? How do I get a static IP address? How do I
    : put it in the chain?
    Well, you need to run some DNS software on that computer. That software listens for DNS resolution requests (e.g. what IP address does the domain jwcs.net have) and delivers the answers (208.186.168.145). There is no reason why you can't run a DNS server and a web server on the same computer, but you will need 2 (though you can set up two virtual ones on one computer so it appears like there are two).

    Remember also that a DNS server has to have a static IP. If you don't have one, you're back to square one again.

    : I'm sorry for my ignorance but, this is relativly new to me. Could
    : you elaborate on the topic some more.
    Happy to help and it's always interesting to play with these kinds of things. You may find setting up a DNS server frustrating if it doesn't want to work out though... If you're running Win2K/NT/XP server I think it comes with a DNS manager built in. If you're running Linux, you'll probably have BIND, but may have to configure it.

    Jonathan

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  • eggie5eggie5 Member Posts: 36
    So, I guess im ulitmatly gonna have to get a dsl or cable someday to get a static ip address, but I guess high speed access would be better for my website anyways, right?

    Do you know of any way I could get a static ip until the day I get high speed?

    Let's say I got the static ip and I have the extra computer for the DNS server and its conntected to the net and I have the required DNS software on it. WOuld the software do everything for me, or is there any other things I have to do to accuire the domain name?

    uh, thank you for your help... please help....


  • JonathanJonathan Member Posts: 2,914
    [b][red]This message was edited by Jonathan at 2002-11-17 13:14:4[/red][/b][hr]
    Hi,

    : So, I guess im ulitmatly gonna have to get a dsl or cable someday to
    : get a static ip address, but I guess high speed access would be
    : better for my website anyways, right?
    Oh, yes. Trying to run a website on a dial-up (I'm guessing that's what you have?) is not greatly advisable if you expect more than a handful of visitors. Be careful choosing DSL/Cable; even some of those don't have a static IP address associated with them! On the other hand, I've got a friend who has a dial-up with a static IP...so there you go.

    : Do you know of any way I could get a static ip until the day I
    : get high speed?
    No, sorry. Other than try and find another ISP that lets you. Up until then, you can always try one of those IP-free services that I told you again.

    : Let's say I got the static ip and I have the extra computer for
    : the DNS server and its conntected to the net and I have the required
    : DNS software on it. WOuld the software do everything for me, or is
    : there any other things I have to do to accuire the domain name?
    Would the software do everything for me...hmmm...you'd have to configure it first! As I said, the extra computer ain't the important thing - it's that the computer running the software has the static IP address.

    Oh yeah, you also need to register the domain name with a registrar. There are plenty of them out there, shop around for good pricing.

    : uh, thank you for your help... please help....
    I'm trying! No problem....happy to help. Plenty of people helped me become the slightly more knowledgable cyberfreak I now am.

    Jonathan

    -------------------------------------------
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    http://www.downloadcounter.com/
    And host your site:
    http://www.incrahost.com/
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