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Yesterday, I bought a domain name from goDaddy.com. The purpose is mainly for learning about networking and some personal use. The only visitors should be people in my family. I have a WHS server in my house used for backups and a fileserver. The server is more then powerful enough to power a simple site like i want. How do I set up my domain to point to my home IP?

I did a decent amount of research, and apparently I have to change the 'A' something on goDaddy to my IP address. Also, I know that port 80 is blocked for my internet, so I guess i would forward port 8080 to my WHS.

Also, I know that when I type a domain name into my browser, my computer looks up the IP on a DNS server, or Nameserver. I just don't know what nameserver I should use for my domain. Can I just enter a regular DNS like openDNS, or is there a special nameserver that I have to use?

As for hosting the website on my home server. I assume that I have to set up an apache HTTP server, and just run it as a service? Are there any guides for setting up apache? I just want to be able to change the HTML and PHP documents on the server and expect it to be hosted(I plan to learn HTML5, PHP, JS, SQL).

Finally, what about seccurity? Would any of the data on my home Server be available to someone who wants to "hack" my website? Do I need to set up some type of firewall?

tl;dr, how do I set up my domain?
Edited by Jtvd78 - 11/8/11 at 3:21pm
post #2 of 15
You have to change the A record on their DNS server to point to your IP. The problem is that you most likely don't have a static IP.
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If you dont have a static ip, then you can easily solve that with a free service like afraid.org or others. The downside though is that your going to have to configure godaddy to use afraid.org as the dns server and manage all your dns entries at afraid.org (aka FreeDNS). Thats what I personally use.

But GoDaddy might have some options for you though, im not too sure. Maybe they have a dynamic dns script that automatically updates your server ip. Maybe.

And also I would like to add, I use afraid.org and use the DDNS script built into dd-wrt to update my IP address.
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I dont think that my dynamic Ip is much of a problem. I havent seen my IP change in about a year. My modem was disconnected for a week and it still didnt change. For the rare time that it does change, I will not mind updating that on whatever DNS i use.
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I dont think that my dynamic Ip is much of a problem. I havent seen my IP change in about a year. My modem was disconnected for a week and it still didnt change. For the rare time that it does change, I will not mind updating that on whatever DNS i use.
You're lucky then. Mine seems to change at least monthly.
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post #6 of 15
Very doubtful you have a static IP. Most ISPs charge up to $50 a month for a static.

You need to get an account with DynDNS or No-IP. These will allow a DNS record to be updated with your dymanic IP.
    
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If you already bought a domain name, then you need a DNS server.

Something such as http://dns.he.net does this for free, and also supports dynamic DNS clients.
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post #8 of 15
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I am almost 99.99% sure that I do NOT have a static IP.

I set up an account with freeDNS, and I added the nameserver IPs to goDaddy. Next, I added my domain to freeDNS, and set the 'A' to my IP address.

As for my dynamic IP, I think I may just install DD-WRT to my router. I have the WNDR37AV, which seems identical to the WNDR3700. I am not 100% sure, however, so I don't want to brick my router.

After that, I am pretty sure that all I have to do is forward port 8080 to my server, and set up apache there. Am I right? ( I am aware that I will have to put :8080 after the domain name).
post #9 of 15
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Alright. So I've set up the DNS, and now my domain name points directly to my IP address. Ive tested this with RDP.

My only qestion is how do I set up apache? I installed it onto my server, and all I have is "Apache Service Monitor". What do I do to host a webpage on port 8080?
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Which version of WHS are you using? I may have missed earlier. You shouldn't need to run Apache though. This website will help greatly. http://www.wegotserved.com/
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