How to Host Your Own Domain

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Many people believe that they must spend $7 to $10 a month to have their own domain names. This, however, is not true. Even if you just want to host your own domain to share pictures with your family (instead of using social networking sites), it is completely possible. Using a few free programs, along with a fast access Internet connection, you can have your own domain up and running in no time.

Things You'll Need

  • Fast Internet access (DSL, cable)
  • Windows operating system
  • Download a Web server. This is usually necessary since Windows doesn't come with a default Web server. Apache is a good program, but you can also download ABYSS, which is a free program that you can download (see Resources).

  • Read the documentation that is included with ABYSS to familiarize yourself with the program. This is only necessary if you've never used ABYSS, or if you do not have Apache on your system.

  • Visit the No-IP website (see Resources). Set up an account while you are on this page. Choose the domain name you want to use.

  • Download the No-IP client. Click on the Windows operating system download. Download the program and then install it.

  • Fill in the information the program asks for. Make sure the program runs after installing it. Once all of your information is entered, your IP address will resolve to the domain you chose, which should be something like xxxxxx.hostnameofserver.com (where xxxxxx is the name you chose).

Tips & Warnings

  • It isn't necessary to have a fast access Internet connection, but it makes it far easier because your connection will always be online.
  • Click "Linux" below for instructions on how to do this with a Linux operating system.
  • Check the terms of use of your Internet connection provider. Many will have no problem with you hosting your own domain, as long as you do not use it for monetary gain.
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