ptanguay at magma.ca
Fri Oct 25 11:27:14 EDT 2002
On Fri, 25 Oct 2002, Tim Forbes wrote:
> To add a little more flavour to the thread,
> What is needed to use the domain once it is registered?
Someone has to add you to their DNS server.
> Is it possible for dynamic IPs to be used to host the domain?
I can speak on this. You can use dyndns.org (there are others, but that's
the one I use) to provide dynamic DNS for your domain name. They
charge a $30 "donation" fee to provide the service. That's how I host
blammo.ca ... I have a linux server hanging off my DSL, and there's a little
client that updates my dyndns record whenever my address changes. It's been
rock solid for over 2 years now.
Note : they only charge $30 if you want to host a domain name (such as
blammo.ca). If you use their host name (ie: blammo.dyndns.org), that's still
> Would it be much better to use a static IP?
A little bit more reliable, but magma charges an extra $15 a month for a static IP.
Since my server is far from being mission-critical, I don't bother.
> What kind of support/setup must be provided by your ISP if your wish to host the domain on your own Linux box?
None, other than reliable bandwidth. ;>
> If you self-host, do you have to provide for all services i.e. www, ftp, email etc?
Yes, if you want any/all of those services. I don't bother with email, I
just use my magma account. And I guess that's the subtlety - I consider
email a "mission-critical" service, so I don't want to deal with making it
reliable. So I leave that to magma and my regular account. If I were to run
my own mail server, I probably wouldn't use dynamic DNS.
> What do you do in a year to renew the registration? Will you still own the domain name?
They send you a reminder in email, and you pay up by a certain date and you
get to keep it...
I registered via cadns.ca, incidently. Standard $25.00+GST a year...
Nothing bad to say about them. They did their job in a timely manner...
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