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Take Control of Your Domain Names

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Register, configure, and manage your domain names like a pro! Having your own domain name - like takecontrolbooks.com - is fun for individuals and essential for organizations, but the details of managing a domain name can be perplexing. Networking expert Glenn Fleishman demystifies the jargon and tells you everything you need to know, beginning with how domain names work behind the scenes. He then explains the best ways to decide upon and find an available domain name, register it, configure it with a DNS host, and use it for your Web site and email address. Additional sections cover using dynamic DNS; special problems and troubleshooting; explain how to change your registrar, DNS host, Web host, or email host; and offer tips for buying or selling a registered domain name.

Table of Contents

  1. Take Control of Your Domain Names
    1. Read Me First
      1. Onscreen Reading Tips
      2. Printing Tips
    2. Introduction
    3. 1. Quick Start
    4. 2. Master Domains and Domain Roles
      1. Putting Domain Names Together
      2. The Role of the Domain Name System (DNS)
        1. Pointing subdomains at services
        2. Resolving domains
          1. Setting up DNS resolution for an individual's computer
          2. How DNS resolution works behind the scenes
        3. DNS caching
      3. Learning Domain Roles
      4. Registrars Register
      5. Hosting Your DNS
    5. 3. Find and Register a Domain Name
      1. Search for Names
        1. What are you up to?
        2. Find a domain name
          1. Research with "whois"
          2. Research with registrar suggestion tools
      2. Register a Domain Name
        1. Choose a good registrar
        2. Registrars to consider
        3. Purchase the domain name
      3. Get a Name That's Already Taken
        1. Buy a name
          1. Make a bid
          2. Make payment
        2. Reserve a name
    6. 4. Set Up Your DNS Host
      1. Select a DNS Host
      2. Suggested DNS Hosts
      3. Configure DNS
        1. Point your registrar to your DNS host
        2. Point your DNS host to your Web host
        3. Point your DNS host to your email servers
          1. Enter mail exchange records
          2. Backup mail service
        4. Map Reverse DNS
    7. 5. Host Your Services
      1. Host Your Web Site
        1. Require certain options of any host
        2. Suggested Web hosts
        3. Set up a Web site at a hosting service
        4. Prevent Web host failures
          1. If you're hosting your own Web site or using a smaller firm
          2. If you or a smaller Web host handles your DNS, too
      2. Receive Email
        1. Questions to ask about an email host
        2. Access types and security with an email host
        3. Suggested email hosts
        4. Set up email at an email host
    8. 6. Redirect Your Domain’s Web Sites
      1. Web Page Redirects
        1. HTML tags
        2. JavaScript
      2. Stealth Redirection
      3. Map Many to One with DNS
    9. 7. Use Dynamic DNS
      1. Address Translation Limits Dynamic DNS
        1. Am I reachable?
      2. Set Up Dynamic DNS
        1. Configure domains for DDNS with easyDNS
        2. Configure free services
      3. Update Dynamic Subdomains
        1. Update with software
        2. Update with a gateway
    10. 8. Move Your Domain Name
      1. Time to Live
      2. Change Your Registrar
      3. Change Your DNS Host
      4. Change Your Web Host
        1. When your DNS host isn't your Web host
        2. When your DNS host is your Web host
      5. Change Your Email Host
        1. Set up new account at the email host
          1. Test your new email account
        2. Set up transition account(s)
          1. Keep checking email at the old email host
          2. Forward email from the old server to another address
        3. Change DNS to point to the new mail servers
        4. Clean up
    11. 9. Troubleshooting
      1. Registration Expired
        1. Prevent an unexpected expiration
        2. Undo an expiration
      2. Bouncing mail
        1. Server overload
        2. Spam filtering
      3. Trailing Period
        1. Non-Resolving Addresses
        2. Lame Delegation
    12. A. Tools for DNS Lookups
      1. Web-Based Lookups
      2. Command-Line Tools
    13. B. Sell a Domain Name
    14. C. Top-Level Domains
      1. Original TLDs
      2. Country codes (ccTLDs)
      3. Generic TLDs (gTLDs)
    15. D. Glossary
    16. E. About This Book
      1. About the Author
      2. Author's Acknowledgements
      3. About the Publisher
      4. Production Credits