domain – Web hosting, Domain names, Dedicated servers Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:05:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 domain – 32 32 How to Connect via FTP Tue, 06 Jul 2010 19:00:01 +0000 FTP iconFTP stands for File Transfer Protocol and is the most widely accepted method for uploading files to a web server. All web hosting companies offer FTP service, but there may be slight differences in how you connect to them. To begin, you will need an FTP client, such as Filezilla, a free and open source, cross-platform FTP program.

To begin, choose to create a new connection. For the “hostname” enter your domain name without the “www” or use the IP address given to you by your web host. You can normally leave “port” as is unless your hosting provider gave you a port other than the default (21). The username will be whatever your host assigned. It could be use a name or your entire email address (particularly if it is a shared hosting account). If you are not sure, contact your host. Next, enter your password.

You should then be able to click “connect” and have no problems getting logged in. If you cannot, the first thing to check is your password and then username. If those are both correct, contact your web host to make sure you have the right information. If you have your own dedicated server, you may need to configure your FTP server before you can connect to it. You can do this in your web-based control panel or through SSH.

Domain Auto-Renewal Pros and Cons Wed, 26 May 2010 14:56:45 +0000 Visa and MasterCard poking out of a wallet
Many domain registrars offer a service that will automatically bill your credit card, on or near the anniversary of your domain registration, to renew your domain. Some registrars have this feature set by default, while others require you to opt-in. At any rate, the outcome is that your domain is renewed without any action on your part.

1. You do not have to worry about forgetting to renew.
2. If you have several domains, this will save time.
3. You protect your domain from those who might want to snatch it after it expires.

1. If you have multiple domains, it can be a large credit or debit deduction from your account that you may not want to occur automatically.
2. You may not want to renew the domain and actually forget to cancel the renewal.
3. If your only problem is forgetfulness, an auto-reminder might be sufficient.

Using auto-renewal is ultimately a preference, and it depends on your needs. If you expect one or the other, however, make sure you read the fine print when you first register your domain.

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Catchall Email Addresses Mon, 10 May 2010 19:16:03 +0000 Spam in Gmail
In the world of web hosting, email addresses can either be real or aliases. A real email address is connected to a mailbox on the mail server. That mailbox will hold any messages sent to the address in queue, awaiting the user to either download it or access it from the Web. An alias is an email address that only holds the appearance of a real account. In reality, any messages sent to it will actually be forwarded elsewhere.

Some websites, particularly those owned by organizations or companies, may use a catchall feature on their mail server. Rather than create an email address for several departments, they may create five and have all other inquiries forwarded to a single address. For example, billing@domain.tld, finance@domain.tld, and stocks@domain.tld may all be handled by the same department. Rather than have an alias for each, the catchall for that domain could point to billing. This can also be useful for catching typos.

There are drawbacks to catchall email settings. Since any email address that does not have a valid mailbox will be accepted and forwarded to the specified account, your account might receive more spam. Some spam bots will seek out keywords like “admin” and “support” and automatically send spam to accounts on your domain with those prefixes. Individual website owners and small organizations will probably not see the benefits of catching extra spam.

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Create your own social networking site Wed, 21 Apr 2010 13:51:26 +0000 random friends on social networks
If you hope to compete with Facebook, LinkedIn, or even MySpace, stop reading now. I am not promising anything like that, but in some cases, you might want to make a small social network for a particular student group, organization, niche market, city or town, or people with particular cultural interests.

There are two methods for developing a social networking site. One is to outsource it completely and use a hosted solution, such as Ning. With it, you can you can literally have your own site up in minutes, but you will not have your own domain name for it (only a subdomain) and will not have absolute power and control.

The second method involves either creating your own or using a script. There are paid solutions, such as SocialEngine ($250) or free and open source solutions, such as Elgg. Both use PHP are fully customizable to your specifications and can easily be integrated with your current site. Best of all, you will have your own domain and full control.

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Multiple domain hosting Tue, 06 Apr 2010 18:35:14 +0000 connectionIf you have more than one website or ever plan on expanding your web presence, multiple domain hosting is a must. As its name implies, the service lets you host multiple domains on a single account.

Believe it or not, some shared hosts actually limit you to one domain. Multiple domain hosts cost the same and do not have this restriction. It’s all a matter of policy, really.

Keep in mind that all space and bandwidth usage are computed for all your sites as a whole, not individually. Any domains you add will be hosted on the same IP address, which shouldn’t be a problem. Personally, I wouldn’t choose any host that only allowed me to have one domain. It’s your hosting account, why not use as much of it as you can?

What are addon domains? Thu, 25 Mar 2010 19:16:33 +0000 cpanel add domain
Want to host more than one domain on a web hosting plan? Addon domains are a common feature at most web hosts that let you host one or more additional domains on your plan. Some hosts don’t allow add-on domains at all, while others may charge extra for the service.

Adding a domain to your account is very easy to do using the control panel. In cPanel, the steps are simple. Simply click “Addon Domains” and fill out the necessary fields. These include the domain (without the www. prefix), the FTP username you want to assign the name, the directory you wish to assign the domain’s content to, and the password.

Keep in mind that an addon domain is not the same thing as a parked domain. Whereas add-on names point to a site, parked domains are essentially “in storage” and point to a specific URL.

Go Daddy's Certified Domain service is a joke Wed, 17 Mar 2010 16:09:51 +0000 godaddy certified domain
If you’re looking for a way to burn $2.99, Go Daddy’s new Certified Domain service is a sure way to do it. Designed for website owners looking to “ease fears” and “inspire confidence,” all the service does is give you a small seal to place on your site verifying you are in fact the owner.

Go Daddy boasts that certifying a domain will “prove to customers that you’re the ‘real deal.'” Proving that someone owns a domain, however, does not in any way guarantee that the person is question is safe to do business with.

In issuing a Certified Domain sale, Go Daddy does not verify the integrity of the site. Anyone can get one, assuming they have $2.99 a year to spend. This service is an obvious sham and only a fool would pay for it. Stay classy, Go Daddy.

The nsupdate for dynamic DNS Thu, 11 Mar 2010 18:24:29 +0000 Mac connection settings
Computer users with dynamic IP addresses often have to contend with the reality that their internet identity can literally change without warning. For average Internet use, this is not a problem, but if you ever need to host something from home (even a private server that only gives you password access), you will need some support for dynamic DNS.

Dynamic DNS notifies the user’s domain that the IP address has been changed and needs to be updated. When someone remotely connects to the domain, they will get the right computer, even if the IP address changes regularly. The Linux command called nsupdate is a utility that allows the user to update a DNS zone without having to manually edit the zone file.

“nsupdate is a fantastic little utility that enable quick and secure DNS zone updates. Setup is quick and painless, and use is fairly intuitive for anyone remotely familiar with DNS, and skilled enough to admin their own Linux system.”

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How to redirect a web page without .htaccess Fri, 26 Feb 2010 23:19:02 +0000 PHP logo
Question: I have a shared hosting account, but my web host has disabled my ability to make .htaccess files. How can I create redirects on my site?

Answer: First of all, it is a bad practice for a web hosting provider to completely disable .htaccess. You should probably consider getting a new host, but if that is not an immediate option, you can use PHP to redirect.

First, replace all of the code in the file you want to redirect to this:

Change the address to reflect your real domain and the correct filename for your new page.

That’s it! There is no second step. You need to make sure that there is no text before the PHP code, not even the <html> tag. Now, every time users visit the old page, they will be automatically redirected to the new one.

What is CNAME? Mon, 22 Feb 2010 21:42:52 +0000 DNS iconQuestion: What is CNAME?

Answer: A CNAME or Canonical Name record is a type of record found in DNS that allows the user to specify an alias for a domain name. For example, you can create an alias of with More typically, however, it is used to create aliases for subdomains, including the most common, which is “www”.

Often a default domain record will have a wildcard (*) that will resolve any subdomain, including “www”. If it does not, it will need something like this: CNAME

You can also have one point to another: CNAME

Many mail servers will also use a mail subdomain: CNAME

CNAME records are also very useful when pointing to external domains, particularly when using cloud services like Google Apps. It effectively disguises the fact that the service is hosted on another domain.

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