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HOW TO ASSIGN A DOMAIN NAME TO YOUR HOME SERVER

Updated on March 25, 2012

There are numerous reasons that prompt people to setup their own web server at home and assign a domain to it. Some of these reasons might be -they want to save some dime, want a unique name for their blogs instead of that unscramble geeky i.p name and so on.

Whatever the reason, i believe its the right decision you have made and in this tutorial i will show you how to execute this.

I will assume that you have your "web server" already installed on your home computer.

So lets start by getting to know what “dynamic DNS service” is

This is a constantly updated i.p and domain name database. There are a couple of companies that offer this particular service and have both a free(sub-domain) and paid service(domain) .Dyndns.org is one of these and its what we shall as a learning curve in this tutorial.

Other sites that offer this service you might like to tryout include:

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

www.everydns.com

www.dnsexit.com

www.zoneedit.com

Lets now kick-start the process:

1. Register an account at Dyndns.org

Navigate to http://dyndns.org and register a new account which is free.

After a successful registration login to your account using your login details you provided while registering.

Now navigate to “My services’ area and on the left side Under “Host level services” Click on “Add host services”.

While There click “Add dynamic DNS host”( Your I.P address will be auto filled)

Now choose a domain and type in your preferred sub domain which can be from anything like onyeri. Is-a-geek.com or derrick.what-ever-u-like.org

2. Set up your computer to update DynDNS

Your home computers I.P address always changes and DynDNs has to be aware of these changes, if not your domain won’t be accessible as it will be with a different I.P address from the one in your settings. However if you are behind a router, call yourself lucky because most modem routers support DNS services.

So for the unlucky folks download the Dyndnsupdater client available for both Windows and Mac from here or paste in your browser this url: http://dyndns.org/support/clients and download. Install and enter your DynDNS information so that your computer can update your DynDNS's database regularly.

3. See if your domain in live.

Try typing in your domain name and see if it is live.

If- Call your sell lucky. Don’t forget to follow my hubs by clicking here

Enjoy.

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