You'll need to install at least 1 DNS server and configure it with those IPs. Better yet, create 2 separate dns servers on separate class c subnets and configure each one with 1 of those ips. If you are using *nix, you'll most likely want to use BIND. http://www.isc.org/index.pl
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Originally posted by whiteymikey my website is designed.... i have a dedicated server... i dont know what to do next
First of all, this should all be in our business plan. You DO have a business plan right? Take it from one mikey to another, a business plan will help you out 1000000x in this world. I refer to mine almost daily and even do a small progress report on myself weekly, adjusting where my business is at and what i expect in X amount of months, etc... This is a great great tool and it is free.
If your website is design and you have a dedicated server, the next logical step would be to install and setup a billing solution. Don't just use one right out of the box with the default mailing, theme, etc.. as this to me see unprofessional. Take the time and show your customers you care by making it fit nicely with your site. Test your builling software completely as no customer is going to like any error on their billing at all.
Once you have that done get your support setup completed. Install and configure a helpdesk (My vote goes to Cerberus) and livehelp software if you want. Test this and retest it as well.
Now get a staff or outsource help to take care of your helpdesk because you will not be there 24/7 but customers will. Make sure your response times are good and you have a staff that can handle most all problems.
Get the control panel setup exactly as you want it and take the time to test every feature so you know they work and more importantly you know how they work.
After you have that done go back and look at your business plan for your target market. Take the time to "target" this target market. Talk to some people that would fit in your market and ask them where they would go to find webhosting. Ask them what they would want out of webhosting. Ask them what would make webhosting even BETTER for them. Then advertise in all these places, and tweak what you offer to fit what they need. Please do not try and market to everybody there is out there as this is a great way to end up in the play by price game or the flooded competition game. There was one host a while back that marketed to cat lovers, and i'd assume (s)he did quite well in finding customers. Now take that a step further and offer free templates with a sitebuilder to create cat lovers websites and you'll have a nice business.
A template from Templatemonster.com and a simple CPanel server just will not cut it anymore IHMO.
Once you have marketed start to make a name for yourself. Join some forums, show who you are to the community, make friends, create ads on WHT, advertise in banner space if you want, and most importantly make sure you advertise locally as this will be a great place to find business in the beginning.
That's all there is to it really, except for having to change your buisness to fit with market/niche trends and watch it grow throughout the years.
Pish posh with the $50, more than enough people here willing to help you out for free, me being one of them.
Just a tip though, you should look into a server admin if you are having troubles setting up your own DNS (not being mean, being honest).
here's the basics of setting up DNS:
We're going to use the domain mydomain.com in plece of the actual domain you are using for DNS
You are going to want to have two NameServers. Even though both of these will be on the machine for now, you still need two of them. To accomplish this:
Go to your registrar and find the section for creating nameservers. Not assigning them, but creating them. If you need help let me know your registrar and I will give you exact instructions.
Now once you have found that create:
ns1.yourdomain.com and for the IP enter the first IP of your server
then create ns2.yourdomain.com and for the IP enter the second IP of your server
Now you have your nameservers all setup, you need to now assign those nameservers to that domain.
So back in your registrar assign the nameservers:
to yourdomain.com (if that does not make sense let me know)
Now if you are using a control panel on your server, let me know and i'll give you directions for setting up the domain on your server. If you are not using a control panel, have no fear, I can give directions for that as well.
i believe i have assigned both nameservers a ip.
i use go daddy and i typed in the ip#'s
for some reson it still goes to godaddys website? is this wrong?
can you please give me the next step? thanks
i do have control panel but i dont know my login its neither my password for the WHM or the telnet password.
Well if you want to post the domain (or PM it to me, either way) that would help out with things. The next step is to add the domain to your server. In Cpanel you just create a new account with that domain. The other issue is that it can take up to 72 hours for the world to see DNS changes, so it just might not be taking effect yet. Having the domain name would really help, and if you are worried about posting it publically you are welcome to PM.
hey i have allready assigned a ip address to my ns 1 and 2 but i cant seem to add a entry for the nameserver. is there anyway around this? do i really need to assign a entry to the ns because of cpanel?