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    How-To Setup Your Own Domain Name


    This information is provided for anyone who is interested in setting up their own Domain. This can be useful for many reasons, you can use it for your web, ftp, mail servers etc, or just as a convenient name to connect to your computer rather than remembering your IP address, it is also rather flexible and can be used for many other implementations.

    "A domain name provides an online identity and contact point for your business, organization or project. Almost every transaction on the Internet relies upon a domain name to conduct commerce, display web pages, deliver email, and more..." - BoxxNet




    The first thing you will need to do is decide on the Domain Name that you want to register, at the moment .com, .net, .org are the main extensions available but there is for business's to register (of course there are alot more, but most wont be useful here). To check the availability of the domain you want you can do a search at Network Solutions (or many other vendors), all you need to do is type the domain you want, e.g. mayhemsdomain and then select .com as the extension, once you have done this it will display if your selection is available and will also suggest some other similar Domain Names you might want to register.

    When you have made your choice it is time to register the domain, we recommend using BoxxNet Pty Ltd who go through , this is mainly because the registrations is cheap at $30.25(AUS) / year and also our kind friend Dean Wilson from will get a 50 cents commission to help for his hosting and expenses also they provide a nice functional service with great support and response time. For more information you can visit the BoxxNet Domain page,, or to go directly to registration here. The registration takes about 10 minutes at most and will walk you through about 6 steps, you will need to choose your domain, give your contact details, select payment options and the likes. To register your domain name you will need a valid credit card.

    DNHD.NET Steps:

    1. Do a search to make sure your domain is available.
    2. If your domain is available make sure its selected on the list and click "Reserve Domain".
    3. If your a new client you will need to create an account, otherwise enter your details and check existing client, then click "Reserve Domain".
    4. Type in all your contact information, this information will be visible to anyone who does a WHO-IS lookup on your Domain.
    5. Enter your payment Information, this is where you can select 1yr, 2yrs, 5yrs 10yrs of registration and make a nice saving.
    6. Confirm registration and make note of your receipt details, the value will be debited from your credit card.

    When you have setup your domain it will take about 48 hours to be register and propagate through the DNS servers around the world. It is recommended that you setup your domain immediately so that you don't have to wait any longer for the entire process to be complete.

    When hosting your own domain you will need to have a primary and secondary DNS server setup with the information regarding the Domain and the setting etc, since you can really only host one on your own machine (if you wish) we recommend the use of a FREE DNS servers such as the one provided by as it saves your the hassle and gives your great flexibility if your new to this.

    With you will want to setup a plus account, which you can do here. This allows your to redirect e-mail's, change sub-dmain's, etc. To sign-up just enter your e-mail address and follow the instructions, once done you will be able to view your Domain List, in here is where you can make all the necessary changes. On top of the ability to be rather flexible and free, will also let you setup many different Domain Names through there service.

    In the list you want to select your domain e.g.., it will then bring up a list of the options and settings for this domain, the first thing you want to do is modify the "Web Settings", this can be a number of options:

    • Under Construction - Displays a nice simple pages letting your visitors know your site is being built (Default)
    • Standard Directing - When a visitor types your domain they will be redirected to your IP address.
    • Stealth Forwarding - This will create a frame page and your site will be opened with this, similar to Namezero and setups.
    • IP Forwarding - Recommended for most people, this will be like a normal setup, your domain will be connected directly to your IP.
    • CNAME - Duplicates the setting of another Domain Name.

    IP Forwarding is probably what you will most likely use, this is the most professional of the options, but Stealth Forwarding can be very useful when you want to run your webserver on a separate port number (also can be done on your machine instead, see apache section below) or to point to a ISP hosting account like the one you are provided by your ISP e.g. To setup IP forwarding all you need to do is type your IP address (e.g. into the field and click "Continue", after all changes you will be asked to "CONFIRM CHANGES".

    The "Email Settings" is basically for those who don't want to host there own mail server but you like your to be redirected to an existing account. This is rather simple all you need to do is type the prefex of the e-mail account you want to setup (i.e. will require name to be entered) and then entering the e-mail address you wish it to be forwarded. Along with this you can setup a default e-mail address where all the e-mail's will be redirected. If you wish to host your own mail server then you will need to setup "Advanced: use own mail server" where you will need put the IP address of your machine as the MX host and then the appropriate distance value - should be 0 (NOTE: This will also require you to setup some additional information at your machines end, this is not covered here).

    Sub-Domains are just like the main account, once you have added them you can configure them as shown in the "Web Settings" section above. You should setup the following sub-domains as IP forwarding www and ftp, that is what most professional setups are like.

    Now that you have the DNS setup done you should log back into your Domain account with and you will need to go to the "Name Servers" section and enter the details for The following are the servers you will need to put in the list:

    When your done it should look something like this:

    Its now time to setup your Apache Server, this is where you will need to make a decision, do you want to run a single site or many different sites, this can all be done with the single Apache setup using Virtual Hosts. Personally I wanted to have two main sites, one that was accessible directly via my IP address that was for personal use and password protected, the other that would be accessible from the domain name and thus by most people.

    Open up your httpd.conf in your favourite editor and your will need to make the following changes.

    Un-hash the line BinAddress *, it should look something like this now:

    # BindAddress: You can support virtual hosts with this option. This directive
    # is used to tell the server which IP address to listen to. It can either
    # contain "*", an IP address, or a fully qualified Internet domain name.
    # See also the and Listen directives.
    BindAddress *

    Make sure the ServerName is setup for your IP address:

    # ServerName allows you to set a host name which is sent back to clients for
    # your server if it's different than the one the program would get (i.e., use
    # "www" instead of the host's real name).
    # Note: You cannot just invent host names and hope they work. The name you
    # define here must be a valid DNS name for your host. If you don't understand
    # this, ask your network administrator.
    # If your host doesn't have a registered DNS name, enter its IP address here.
    # You will have to access it by its address (e.g.,
    # anyway, and this will make redirections work in a sensible way.
    # is the TCP/IP local loop-back address, often named localhost. Your
    # machine always knows itself by this address. If you use Apache strictly for
    # local testing and development, you may use as the server name.

    Finally scroll down to Section 3: Virtual Hosts and make changes similar to the following:

    # Use name-based virtual hosting.


    # VirtualHost example:
    # Almost any Apache directive may go into a VirtualHost container.
    # The first VirtualHost section is used for requests without a known
    # server name.
         DocumentRoot /home/httpd/html/
         ErrorLog /etc/httpd/logs/
         TransferLog /etc/httpd/logs/

         DocumentRoot /home/httpd/html/phpnuke/
         ErrorLog /etc/httpd/logs/mayhemsdomain-error_log
         TransferLog /etc/httpd/logs/mayhemsdomain-access_log

    Now all that is left to do is reset apache by running: apachectl retstart.

    All that is left to do is wait for your Domain Name and DNS information to be propagated around the world and then your in business. To check up your domain you can verify the registration and name server information by doing a Who-IS lookup:, but to verify that your domain is correctly pointing to your IP address you will need to do the following: ping When everything has setup your on your way, now you just need to get cracking on that snazzy web site.

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