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Configuring Apache HTTP server with DNS4Me  -  KB Article #1243

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One of the biggest reasons people want dynamic DNS service is to host their own web site. Hosting your own web site has the advantage of eliminating the cost of a hosting company and their associated bandwidth charges.

This article covers how to configure the Apache HTTP server to work with DNS4Me.

  1. Download and install the DNS4Me client. Sign-up for DNS4Me service.
  2. Make sure your computer is connected to the Internet (the DNS4Me client can detect this). Ensure that your DNS4Me domain is online.
  3. Download the latest version of Apache HTTP Server.
  4. During the installation of Apache, you're prompted for information about your server's network domain and server name.
  5. If you're using a subdomain of a DNS4Me domain name, your "Network Domain" will be the "DNS4Me.com", "FTP4Me.com", etc. portion of the domain name you chose when registering for DNS4Me service.
  6. If you're using a domain name you purchased from a name registrar with the DNS4Me service, enter the domain name you purchased as the "Network Domain". For example. "mydomain.com".
  7. The "Server Name" is what you want users to enter in to their browser to access your web site. Typically, you should use the full domain name you chose when signing up for DNS4Me service as your "Network Domain", but you may wish to append "www." to it. You must use at least the full domain name you chose for the DNS4Me service for this value. It cannot be a completely different name.
  8. Enter a permanent email address that you own in the field labeled "Administrator's Email Address". If you plan on running your own email server with your DNS4Me domain, you can use an email account for your DNS4Me domain. Otherwise, you should use a different address such as a Yahoo or Hotmail email account.
  9. Below, you can see an example of what this dialog looks like when it is completed:

    Apache Server Info
  10. Continue the installation of the Apache until it's finished installing.
  11. Open a web browser and visit your domain name. You should get a page informing you that you have successfully installed the Apache HTTP server!

You now have a working HTTP server running on your machine! The Apache installation includes a lot of useful documentation that is worth reading. Additional resources can be found on their web site located at http://httpd.apache.org/.



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