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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2004

    Parking domains and DNS servers

    I currently have 3 different sites on different host accounts. Each site has additional domain names parked on them. Just variations on the name (if the site is "", the parks are "", "", and ""). I don't care if they are real parks (showing the alternate name in the browser) or just redirects to the the primary name.

    I'm thinking about combining these into one Pro-Phase account at MidPhase, which I believe allows up to 4 sites/domains. But additional "domain pointers" are $2/month. That seems a bit much to add half a dozen lines of text per domain to a DNS server. (my current host charged a one time $20 fee per park) That would mean paying an extra $16/month for 8 parks (one would be included in the 4 that come with the account).

    The domain names are all registered with netsol (I'm not going to change that), and from what I can see they allow me to edit the DNS records there. (not just point to a new DNS server, but actually edit the record on their DNS server) They also have URL forwarding for $12/year, which is 1/2 what MidPhase is asking.

    I'm thinking that my best option is to pay MidPhase for a static IP address at a $15 one time fee and then change the A-records on the netsol DNS server to point to that IP. I'm assuming I would have to buy 3 IPs for the 3 sites (haven't asked MidPhase about that yet). But since netsol allows DNS edits for free, that would end up with a one time $45 fee for the static IPs. That beats the $192/year for the MidPhase pointers, or the $96/year for the netsol URL forwarding.

    I'm not clear about Cnames, so don't know if that would allow me to use a single static IP and alias the other 2 sites on the same server. (and if so, will they still have the individual domain names when somebody browses to one?)

    Any other ideas on parking 9 additional domain names on top of the 3 main names in an account like this? Does my method seem like the best & cheapest way to go? Any potential problems?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Seattle, WA
    I would suggest getting a reseller account, creating your self the main accounts, and then park as many domains as you would like on top of them.

    You will want to make sure you find a reseller host that allows you to give out this feature, if they do it usually isn't limited.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    That's an interesting thought, but the Pro-Phase account I'm looking at will only cost $12/month, can host 4 sites and has a fair amount of space & bandwidth allowance. (assuming I can figure out how to park the other 9 names cheaply) One of the sites may hit 30+ GB/month by the end of the year.

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