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is DNS and how does
am still working intensely on the hunting car.
For fun, I did take a couple of hours and post a few
pages in my
“play” website www.quail-hunter.com.
I am going to add a little at a time to it during
season this year. Right
my additions are pictures of the rebuilding of the hunting car so if
are curious, go to the site and see how a hunting car is built from a
AM PLANNING TO PUBLISH A SHORT ISSUE OF BOOMER EZINE ON NOVEMBER 24.
video this week. The
car rebuild is absorbing my extra time.
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Last week, I told
you that we were changing web hosts since our previous host was getting
out of the business. I
down at the computer and did most of the work on Saturday afternoon.
To change hosts,
you must find a new web host which I did at www.Hostmonster.com.
Once you get your user name and password, you log on
panel and set up your domain names.
Hostmonster allows unlimited domain names for the
flat rate of
$4.95 per month (two year contract).
I set up 31 domain names in the process.
Why so many names? We usually register domain names that are similar to the main domain name so someone cannot register the similar domain and take advantage of our traffic when the viewer enters our domain name incorrectly. As an example, if the surfer enters boomerezine.com instead of boomer-ezine.com, we want the viewer to come to our site, not someone else’s. We have registered boomerezine.com and it will automatically forward to the correct site, boomer-ezine.com. Try it.
requires that you go to your registrar and change the DNS (domain name
servers) for your domain to the Hostmonster domain name servers which
are NS1.HOSTMONSTER.COM and NS1.HOSTMONSTER.COM.
(See next article about DNS). This will tell anyone
Internet where to go to find your web site.
We use a company
called GKG.net for our domain registrations.
I went there and selected all the domain names for
which I wanted
to change the DNS information and in one mass change, I changed them
to point to the Hostmonster domain name servers.
Setting up these
domain names and redirects is simple.
Hostmonster uses Apache Server so the control panel
Click the icon for Add-On Domains and enter the
domain name and
folder name you will use for storing the domain information.
Enter the password for the domain and that is all.
Once the domain is set up, you can specify if you
This change of
web hosts was easy since I only had one page sites.
If the sites had been of many pages with data bases,
have been a real problem. If
you are going to build a large site, research the web host before you
start to see if they will be in the business for the long haul.
What is DNS and how does it
DNS stands for
domain name system. This
a fascinating system that enables the Internet to work.
The main job of the DNS is to take the alpha domain
name that you
enter into your browser and translate it into the numeric IP (internet
protocol) address that computers understand.
The site where
you register your domain holds the main DNS record for your domain.
This record points to where your website is hosted.
When we first set up our domains on GKG.net, the DNS
pointed to GKG since the domains were parked on GKG.
When we created websites using web hosts outside of
changed the DNS server record on GKG to point to the DNS server of the
hosting website. We
some sites on Hostmonster.com and some on Hostexcellence.com.
If you look at our domain registration records on
GKG, the DNS
server records will either say Primary - NS1.HOSTMONSTER.COM, Secondary
– NS2.HOSTMONSTER.COM, or Primary - NS1.HOSTEXCELLENCE.COM, Secondary
The site where
you are going to host your site will tell you the names of its name
servers so you can change the record on your domain registration site
point to the web host name servers.
DNS servers are
specified as primary and secondary.
If for some reason, the primary name server does not
browser will automatically query the secondary name server.
into the browser, it goes onto the Internet and looks for a DNS server
to resolve the alpha name to the proper IP address.
There are certain companies or organizations that
for certain types of web addresses.
Network Solutions, Inc. is responsible for all .COM
the DNS server at Network Solutions (or a similar root server) would be
accessed to get the proper IP address.
When the URL was matched to the IP address, the
address is 22.214.171.124. Your
browser would then use this IP address to load the home page of Boomer
If you enter
http://126.96.36.199 into your browser address window, you will also
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the IP address of a site to access it directly as well as the domain
Just think of the
logistics of this system. There
are billions of IP addresses used on the Internet.
The DNS is basically a large, distributed database
translate alpha domain names into the numeric IP address that the
Internet can use to locate a particular computer on the Internet.
The database is
distributed since certain servers are the master servers for certain
types of domain names. The
I recommend that
you read the article about DNS on the How Stuff Works website at http://www.howstuffworks.com/dns.htm.
This article does a good job explaining in more
detail how this
amazing database works.
that every time you enter a domain name or an email address, the DNS
servers are working for you to resolve the alpha name to an IP address
and give you the webpage you want.
all is done is milliseconds between your browser and multiple DNS
servers and you don’t ever realize that it has happened.
The webpage you wanted appears and that is all you
That wraps up our
issue for this week. Until
next week, stay tuned.
John and Linda
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